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Published on October 15th, 2008 | by Reenita Malhotra

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A Breakthrough Technology to Transform CO2 into Fuel

The recent $700 billion bailout package has extended tax credits to wind and solar energy companies. However since mostly all renewable energy projects depend upon project financing, it is suspected that only large utilities will actually benefit from the tax credits. However, companies such as Carbon Sciences, Inc. (CABN) are proving otherwise.

Transforming CO2 to Fuel

Carbon Sciences, the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into high value, earth-friendly products such as precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) is now developing a breakthrough technology to transform CO2 into the basic fuel building blocks required to produce gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other portable fuels.

We are very excited about this breakthrough,” stated Derek McLeish, the company’s CEO. “By innovating at the intersection of chemical engineering and bio-engineering disciplines, we are developing a highly scalable bio-catalytic process to meet the fuel needs of the world. With over 28 billion tons of CO2 emitted each year, there is an abundant supply of raw material available to produce renewable and sustainable fuels for global consumption.”

The Process of CO2-to-Fuel Technology

The fuels we use today, such as gasoline and jet fuel, are made up of chains of hydrogen and carbon atoms aptly called hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons are naturally occurring in fuel sources such as petroleum and natural gas. To create fuel, hydrogen and carbon atoms must be bonded together to create hydrocarbon molecules. These molecules can then be used as basic building blocks to produce various gaseous and liquid fuels. Due to its high reactivity, carbon atoms do not usually exist in a pure form, but as parts of other molecules. CO2 is one of the most prevalent and basic sources of carbon atoms.

The company’s CO2-to-Fuel approach lies in a proprietary multi-step bio-catalytic process using inexpensive, renewable bio-molecules to catalyze certain chemical reactions required to transform CO2 into basic hydrocarbon building blocks.

Other alternative fuel technologies, such as fuel cells and hydrogen, require substantial infrastructure changes in order to meet the energy and climate challenge. However Carbon Sciences tackles the problem at its root by using CO2 as the basic raw material for clean energy.

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About the Author

Reenita Malhotra Hora is an Ayurveda clinician, entrepreneur, writer and mom. Her experience has ranged from running Ayoma, an Ayurveda business to running a natural health practice at San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center. Reenita is a published author of two books books about health and wellness: ‘Ayurveda - the Natural Medicine of India’ and ‘Inner Beauty’. She is also the Editor for Green Options Media's business blogs and a freelance writer for a variety of print and web publications. In quieter moments, she likes to spend her time hiking, swimming the warm seas, cooking with the family or writing fantasy fiction adventure stories for kids from from 2 to 92. Check out her wisdom at www.reenita.com



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  • Easy E

    CO2 is a stable molecule. You cannot produce a hydrocarbon fuel from CO2 without an input of energy. Where is this energy coming from? Are you going to burn 1 ton of coal at an electric to produce 1/2 ton of useable fuel? This proposal reeks of snake oil.

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  • http://CLSkinner@comcast.net Chris Skinner

    I would like to make a reply to Easy E and this person’s comment that it sounds like snake oil.With the closed-minded arrogance,second-rate mediocrity and assumptions of this extremely conservative American society these days,we will never solve anything.What happened to the Yankee Ingenuity America used to be famous for? Naysayers,naysayers,naysayers.So what if you have to consume one ton of coal to produce 1/2 ton of liquid hydrocarbons? Fuels like gasoline and diesel have more practical commercial value than the coal it was origially made from.That’s because it’s easier to run the existing transportation sector than trying to build a coal-powered car that runs directly on powdered coal.It’s easier to gas-up by inserting a gas spigot into a fuel tank than to use a shovel to shovel coal into the tinderbox of a steam-powered car.So what if you have to put some energy into it? It has never stopped Nazi Germany or South Africa before.If it needs external energy input,a nuclear reactor could supply the additional process energy to run the whole thing.

  • Marty

    Of course it takes a lot of energy to breakdown the CO2, but that process is the heart of Carbon Sciences patent. They never said that they would use zero energy to complete the unique conversion process. Carbon Sciences are perfecting the method that will be used to convert CO2 at a much reduced cost.

    If you look at history, people thought many inovations were snake oil before they were perfected.

    MR

  • David in Davis

    If you liked the cold fusion scam of the ’80s you should love this. I agree with EasyE. Conventional power plants produce energy by burning (oxidizing)the carbon in coal/oil/natural gas. Hydrocarbons plus oxygen from the air yields co2, water vapor, and energy. These guys are saying they can reverse this equation without inputting the equalivalent amount of energy, i.e., a free lunch. Don’t bet on it!

  • Markus

    The problem here is not so much that there is a huge energy penalty perse. The problem is Carbon Science is a scam!

    They have no such technology and if you review their financial sheets you will see that the spend more on marketing promotions to pump their stock than they do on research. This is not a real company, its a scam.

    Has ONE journalist seen them produced gasoline from CO2, I am will to bet my first born the answer is NO!

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