• May 9th 2008 at 7:37PM
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What if we found a system to transform one of our big "enemies" into a fuel again, and then, when produced, re-transformed again? This is the aim of a project made at University of Nottingham's Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS), in the UK, directed by Mercedes Maroto-Valer. They have successfully completed a cycle of transforming CO2 into natural gas (CH4). This could lead to making most carbon capturing processes obsolete while also powering cars we already have. According to Ms. Maroto-Valer, the CICCS group tacked the problem by studying what plants do - capturing CO2, water and solar light and transforming it into carbohydrates - and then replicated the process to create methane instead of carbs. However, it's still unknown what the energy balance the system is - we can't defeat the laws of Thermodynamics, after all.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Since when is CO2 a pollutant? We breathe it out, plants breathe it in. Maybe Al Gore should declare dihydrogen oxide a pollutant too :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bob, anybody can change my mind anytime with facts.
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming.html
      The entire solar system is heating up, but proponents of global warming refuse to even address this fact, and prefer to belittle those that point out this nagging fact.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hi Bob, likewise it has been nice arguing our points, but I really wish you had at least attempted to answer my original and oft repeated query:
      Why is the solar system heating up?
      I encourage all readers of this blog to do their own research, and not believe the self serving "truths" put out by the elites
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's say they find a way to do this efficiently, wouldn't it make more sense to route the natural gas back to the power station (where the CO2 produced can be recaptured and reconverted) rather than directing it to fueling cars where it can't (or at least where it will be much harder).
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's actually quite legit. Enhanced oil recovery works because superfluid CO2 is readily miscible with oil and helps reduce its viscosity at the same time it pressurizes the reservoir. Enhanced coalbed methane recovery is basically the same thing, except they use CO2 to help drive methane out of underground coal seams (the CO2 likes to absorb into the coal microstructure, displacing methane while raising the pressure).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since when is CO2 a pollutant? Ask 100,000 dead people in Burma. But, sure, stay stupid with Rush.

      • 8 Months Ago
      Bob here's a summary of the 1970's ice age scare:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttLBqB0qDko
      And on your second point yes Bob, anything can be toxic if administered in high enough doses, however carbon dioxide levels have been higher in the past and the sky didn't fall. And here's the latest globalist scare, and Al Gore with it, being torn to bits:
      http://epw.senate.gov/repwhitepapers/6345050%20Hot%20&%20Cold%20Media.pdf
      Now do me the honor, as a proponent of the global warming theory camp, to answer this simple question:
      Why is the solar system heating up?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Mike, mike, mike... The YouTube video you link to (which could just as easily have been done in print, as there is no narration, just music) provides no information about the ratio of articles (or more importantly, peer-reviewed scientific studies) promoting warming and/or cooling in that time period.

      Your original comment contended that in the 1990's the warnings "did a 180", but you've shown no evidence that this, by and large, is actually the case.

      Fortunately, someone has done this important work for us: Gathering the evidence and compiling statistics about reports from the 1970's. USA Today reported on this study in February:

      http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/2008-02-20-global-cooling_N.htm

      Excerpts:

      But Thomas Peterson of the National Climatic Data Center surveyed dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles from 1965 to 1979 and found that only seven supported global cooling, while 44 predicted warming. Peterson says 20 others were neutral in their assessments of climate trends.

      The study reports, "There was no scientific consensus in the 1970s that the Earth was headed into an imminent ice age."
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's not totally related to this post, but as a blog with a well-informed interest in the energy challenge and new technologies to reduce the impact of CO2 emissions on the environment, I hope you (and your Autobloggreen's readers) will be interested in this invitation to join Shell for an online discussion on Carbon Capture and Storage.

      John Barry Shell's VP Unconventionals, Enhanced Oil Recovery & CO2 will be answering your questions about this technology in a live webchat on June 19 at 5pm CET (11am in NYC) at www.shell.com/dialogues. If you visit the site in advance of this date you can watch a short video where he gives some useful background information on this exciting technology and Shell's strategy.

      Please take the opportunity to register now so that you can post your questions to him on June 19 and to receive reminders about this and future webcast and Q&As. Registration will take only 30 seconds.

      Please do feel free to pass this message on to others who you think may like to attend this webcast, and do feel free to blog it either before or afterwards.

      (I hope you don't mind me posting this invitation as a comment - I couldn't see an email address to contact you privately.)

      Best wishes

      Chris Reed
      Shell Scenarios team
      • 8 Months Ago
      Bob, or for that matter any proponent of the global warming impending catastrophe, for the third time, I repeat my question:
      Why is the solar system heating up?
      The science simply is not on your side Bob, and you have no answer to my question:
      http://www.populartechnology.net/2007/10/no-consensus-on-global-warming.html
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's a well known fact that there were no cyclones or any other natural disasters before suvs were invented.

      We can go back to that wonderful time as soon as we stop burning stuff. Then people can feel free to live in tin shacks with no risk of bad weather or any other problem.

      Plus rainbows everyday and polar bears enjoying a coke with some penguins ...or something like that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice dodge there, mike. You fail to correct your two previous erroneous comments, and then post a link to an article which leads off with "according to one scientist's controversial theory", as though that somehow settles anything.
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