Fuel out of CO2

Using Pollution?

Using Pollution?

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin will collaborate with Lublin-Wrotków thermal power plant to devise a technology that will allow for methanol to be produced from waste carbon dioxide and then turned into fuel. The fuel produced in such a way would be more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly than traditional energy sources. The department of chemistry at UMCS and the plant will conduct joint research into this potential new use for carbon dioxide, of which the plant emits about half a tonne annually. The first stage of the project will focus on converting carbon dioxide into methanol. Then, the methanol will have to be converted into fuel. Dobiesław Nazimek of UMCS explains: “We are talking about two processes. First, artificial photosynthesis, [using] carbon dioxide and water, which gives us methanol that we can then isolate and combine with higher hydrocarbons. Only then can we speak of petrol and oil.” Nazimek adds that research into artificial photosynthesis has been conducted by various institutions all over the world for many years and other possible solutions have been proposed. He predicts that such technologies will become more prevalent, as the demand on renewable energy sources is constantly increasing.


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