Methanol is a CO2 Utilization Pathway

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Methanol has been largely overlooked in the biofuels debate, perhaps that is because that is because it is typically produced from coal and natural gas and is often considered a fossil fuel product. But it is more accurate to think of methanol as a synthetic fuel that can be produced from all manner of carbon…

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The Case for Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) has been identified as crucial in the efforts to reign in CO2 emissions that are causing climate change by leading agencies such as the UN IPCC, the International Energy Agency and the World Bank. But CCS, the process of physically capturing CO2 emissions from industrial systems like power plants, pressurizing…

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A Conservative Case for Carbon Capture

There is potential for a new energy revolution that can follow on the success of shale gas. Carbon dioxide based enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) offers the opportunity to produce billions of barrels of oil domestically while simultaneously eliminating gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions. The debate over climate change has brought the issue of excessive CO2…

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Methane Hydrate are a Promising New Energy Source

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Methane hydrates are getting increased attention as a major new source of clean hydrocarbon energy. These enormous deposits of natural gas have never been developed commercially, but research and development has been promising, and expectations are that the gas could begin coming to market within a decade. Known as flammable ice, methane hydrates are molecules…

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Reverse Combustion Equation

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This equation describes the idea of reverse combustion with renewable methane, carbon capture and oxy-combustion. This is also known as chemical looping and is a form of using renewable natural gas as energy storage. Combustion works by combining fuel (CH4) with oxygen to create heat (energy) plus carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). Typically the CO2…

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