Skip to comments.Scientists invent device to stop Global Warming
Posted on 07/16/2007 6:59:23 PM PDT by Thalos
Chemists at the University of California, San Diego have created a device that uses sunlight to transform harmful CO2 gas into fuel that could replace all the gasoline used in transportation.
Clifford Kubiak, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and Aaron Sathrum have developed a prototype device that can capture energy from the sun, convert it to electrical energy and split carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide (CO) and oxygen.
The amazing process produces CO (carbon monoxide) which can be processed by bacterial fermentation to produce ethanol, and massive amounts industrial chemicals used to produce plastics. By splitting CO2 you can save fuel, produce useful chemicals and eliminate global warming greenhouse gases.
The device designed by Kubiak and Sathrum to split carbon dioxide utilizes a semiconductor and two thin layers of catalysts. It splits carbon dioxide to generate carbon monoxide and oxygen in a three-step process. The first step is the capture of solar energy photons by the semiconductor. The second step is the conversion of optical energy into electrical energy by the semiconductor. The third step is the deployment of electrical energy to the catalysts. The catalysts convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide on one side of the device and to oxygen on the other side.
The US uses about 400 million gallon of gasoline a day and produces about 50 million tons of CO2. The goal now is to scale this process up to replace that amount of gasoline and convert most of the manmade CO2 gases in the US.
Let’s see here. We rid this world’s air of harmful CO2 and replace it with beneficial carbon monoxide. This can only be proposed from a California school.
What are they doing with the carbon monoxide again?
I think the article says it captures the CO and makes fuel from it.
Another way to do the same thing is to use microbes to convert the light energy through photosynthesis to covalent bonds in sugars, then convert the sugars (fixed carbon which comes from CO2) to diesel.
The only thing we have to do is buy diesel vehicles.
What are the trees suppose to do?
I guarantee - without any doubt or question - that no matter how carbon emissions or global warming are “solved”, IT WILL NOT SATISFY THE ECO-NAZIS.
They will instantly find something else to moan about. They will continue to make all the same demands they are making now: that we change our lives, pay more taxes, and obey their stupid policies.
Plus, we get the additional benefit of less anthropogenic CO2 since the carbon monoxide should kill most of the Earth’s inhabitants.
Algore needs to lead by example... he should mount one of these puppies on the roof of his house.
If this were to fly, it wouldn't matter because we'd all be dead.
Dang! Beat me by THIS much...
Assuming, of course, that we were in trouble from this in the first place.
Trees? They can just go suck on sticks.
Kubiak and Sathrum need to watch their backs if their idea is good and not public enough to survive them.
Its interesting that cars’ catalytic converters convert CO into CO2.
..but but but, Algore will lose money with his carbon credit company
You’re right. If this did work, it would put a big crimp in the UN’s wealth transfer scheme—which is what Global Warming really is. Look for the inventors to be discredited and maybe conveniently disappear.
Nothing new. Google “Producer gas” and see what turns up.
Correction: in highly reactive beneficial carbon monoxide, that will become CO2 minutes after by swallowing its share of O2. From a California school, indeed.
But in response to another post - yes .. the eco freaks will go crazy saying we're robbing flora of their food !!!!
One of these days we’ll be “recycling” all our CO2 so well that we won’t have any CO2 in the atmosphere at all. Huzzah!
Of course, no one mentions the fact that... plants need CO2 to photosynthesize, or that CO2 contributes roughly 12% of the greenhouse effect and that completely removing it from the atmosphere would likely dump us into a very severe ice age.
But what do I know.
What no apple pie and ice cream???
This from a different and a bit more detailed article. Read the other article.
“Because their device is not yet optimized, they still need to input additional energy for the process to work. However, they hope that their results, which they presented at last month’s meeting of the American Chemical Society, will draw attention to the promise of the approach.”
I hope it works out though. If it does, I wonder theory the left will think up to replace global warming to cripple the US economy.
Since CO2 is dispersed in the atmosphere at a concentration of about .05%, gotta wonder how they plan to catch hold of the stuff. Maybe butterfly nets.
Recipe for End of Global Warming Crisis
1 Wooden Armchair
2 Rolls of Ducttape
1 Pair of Scissors
1 Bottle of Dom Perignon
1 Champagne Flute
1. Secure Al Gore to Wooden Armchair with Roll #1 of Ducttape - cut tape with Scissors;
2. Secure Al Gore’s mouth with Roll #2 of Ducttape - cut tape with Scissors;
3. Open Bottle of Dom Perignon and fill Champagne Flute;
4. Celebrate end of Global Warming crisis. Imbibe generously. Smile.
wow - even better - we now have perpetual motion (well - needing sunlight of course - but close)
Now - we can all get rich rich rich by converting FR into PETP (or is it PETF ?) and get lots of gubmint grants to protest this inhumane killing and maiming of plants starved of their natural CO2 by our cruel conversion of it into a poison and oxygen for our own greedy benefit.
We have truely become a planet full of idiots.
Lawrence Solomon's "The Deniers" (a series of articles on the view of scientists who have been labelled "Global Warming Deniers"):
Problem solved. No more global warming...or humans to worry about it.
I was thinking more along the lines of a really big sock whith shich to ram down Algore's throat.
And I'll have my pockets filled of bars of soap to throw at any of his stinky hippie friends that try to stop me...
We are robbing the flora of its food and energy.
Transferring the suns heat energy into electrical power for example should be permitted on one condition:
That the energy be used for the electrical needs of all the animal and plant kingdom.
Wide-screen televisions, iPods and electrical toothbrushes will then serve at the pleasure of leopards, badgers, dung beetles and the spotted owl.
Ya needs MORE energy (to make the CO2 into CO) than what ya get from da sunlight falling on da (incredibly expensive) solar panels (which only generate usable power from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM local every day anyway) .... So ya need to burn (some kind of mythical fuel) to convert (useful) CO2 into (poisonous) CO....
montgomery burns had the right idea
I know - I am always amazed that the question never arises "What if in our attempt to 'cure' global warming we actually bring on the next ice age?"
(not that we could anyway - but assuming the false premise that we can do anything to control global climate ..)
It seems to me that human history of trying to "fix" nature almost inevitably results in a cure worse than the disease because we really don't have much of a clue about how it all works.
Now now. These guys are on the right track. Anti-global warming guys like myself have often said that any anthropagenic CO2 that MAY be a contributing factor to global warming will be solved by science and the market place. NOT goverment regulation.
1. Do these guys have a permit to make this non-gas?
2. Are they paying road taxes on each potential gallon they to test with?
The problem is how to you trap and contain the CO2? I’m guessing this is the part they left out on purpose. The devil is in the details.
Don’t trees already take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen?
it’s a proven scientific fact that more carbon dioxide will make plants/trees grow bigger (ie process more carbon dioxide, give off more oxygen).
I think this device might be better if they could build one that turns CO2 into carbon and oxygen (ie a carbon scrubber). This would be great for enclosed spaces to recycle the air and remove carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. But it seems idiotic for trying to save the planet.
Note to scientists: WE HAVE TREES AND PLANTS THAT LOVE CO2!!!!!!
I think this will be as effective as having a bunch of liberals petition volcanoes to stop belching out more bad gases than we can all year that they can in one day.
Pesky little sapient buggers...
Read the article I linked to. It states that they used a silicon based semiconductor that doesn’t provide enough power. Next they are going to try a gallium-phosphide semiconductor which should produce better results. No mention of whether or not they will have to still add non sunlight energy to the mix then. Hey, if Orville and Wilber had as many nay sayers on their first 10 second flight at Kittyhawke we’d still be blimping it around the world. :)
You left out a step - where do you shove the empty Dom P. bottle? ;)
If we get algore behind this - and have him do the next live earth concert from within the room where all this wonderfully "safe from global warming" CO is being produced - we really might fix the problem - dontcha see.