Sciencescience

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:28 PM

So I was listening to the radio and they were talking about companies making stuff from CO2...

One of them turns it into calcium carbonate (concrete!) and another turns it into useful chemicals, like acetone. Rather than reduce CO2 production, sequester what is already produced.

I know enough about chemistry to know this isn't easy and some new catalysts and techniques will be needed to reduce the energy requirements, but apparently the problems are being solved and a new industry is born!

In addition to cleaning the place up, this is the kind of thing we need to create 21st Century jobs. However, the piece also mentioned that investment in this stuff is way down because no one knows what Trump is up to.

Dodging traffic at the time, so couldn't jot down more specifics.





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Scary Red Feb 2017 OP
oflguy Feb 2017 #1
Scary Red Feb 2017 #2
Mr Happy Feb 2017 #5
mindwalker_2pi Feb 2017 #3
docgeezer Feb 2017 #4

Response to Scary Red (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:31 PM

1. Like plants?

They also produce oxygen.

Neat, huh?

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Response to oflguy (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:53 PM

2. That was mentioned.

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Response to oflguy (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 07:04 PM

5. but, apparently, when you eat a plant it gives the CO2 back!!! eom

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Response to Scary Red (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 09:47 PM

3. There have been some articles on phys.org

One today mentioned converting CO2, but there have been others. Some deal with new catalysts to crack H and O out of water at higher efficiency. This is the way to deal with environmental problems: develop technology to solve the problems. Easily said, of course, but it seems like it will have more success than trying to limit use of cars.

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Response to Scary Red (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 10:40 PM

4. I heard this too. I also read about the process for turning it into concrete a couple of months ago

here on DI, I believe. Human ingenuity, in my opinion, is a much better solution to technological problems than the heavy hand of the State.

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