Monday, November 2, 2009

Production of liquid fuels from waste CO2 ramping up

WWW.BLUEFUELENERGY.COM: On May 23, 2009, a pilot plant at the Mitsui Chemicals Osaka Works became the first site in the world to synthesize methanol from its carbon dioxide exhaust. DME, of course, is a derivative of methanol, making this development highly significant for proponents of carbon-neutral DME.

On October 17, 2009 there was more good news as the Icelandic-American firm Carbon Recycling International (CRI) started construction of its CO2 to methanol plant at the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant of HS Orka in Iceland. Dignitaries on hand for the ceremony included the president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and George Olah, Nobel Prize Laureate, Chemistry. Apart from being on the Advisory Board of CRI, Professor Olah is also co-author of “Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy”, a groundbreaking work that promotes the production of methanol and DME from renewable energy and waste carbon dioxide.

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