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Scientists invent device to stop Global Warming
Next Energy News ^ | July 16, 2007

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
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To: decal

Where do you shove the empty Dom P. bottle?

To celebrate the end of the Global Warming crisis?

Ummm, where the sun don’t shine?


51 posted on 07/16/2007 7:38:25 PM PDT by Stallone (War with Iran - While Bush is President and Troops are Present.)
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To: Thalos
Now let me get this straight... We have millions and millions of catalytic converters on autos and lite trucks to clean up and turn unburned hydrocarbons and CARBON MONOXIDE to water vapor and CARBON DIOXIDE and now they are going to reverse that?
52 posted on 07/16/2007 7:41:31 PM PDT by tubebender (Large reward for person offering leads to my missing tag lines...)
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To: tickmeister

amine

Gas Treatment

* Aqueous monoethanolamine (MEA), diglycolamine (DGA), diethanolamine (DEA), diisopropanolamine (DIPA) and methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) are widely used industrially for removing carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S) from natural gas streams and refinery process streams. They may also be used to remove CO2 from combustion gases / flue gases and may have potential for abatement of greenhouse gases.


53 posted on 07/16/2007 7:42:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Thalos
I’m sure this process will be every much as successful at combating global warming as holding a series of who cares rock concerts around the world and producing a farcical pseudo science movie.
54 posted on 07/16/2007 7:43:21 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: SteveMcKing
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.

That is the BOTTOM LINE.

I'm not a chemist, but this scheme sounds goofy.

55 posted on 07/16/2007 7:43:33 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: Stallone
and the spotted owl

yeah - a wide screen TV showing the now extinct "old growth forest" should make 'em feel right at home - that interrupted by a few WalMart commercials showing their signposts to add to their memories of their 'home away from home'

(It was a WalMart sign they were also found to live happly within - wasn't it?)

56 posted on 07/16/2007 7:44:06 PM PDT by dougd
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To: TheZMan
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.

Bwa-- hahahah! Good one! Driving home late the other night I was listening good ol' reliable traveling companion Kook to Kook AM (always entertaining radio! No wonder the truckers love it!), and the host mentioned that the recent phenomenon of higher temperatures of lakes in Yellowstone killing the fish, is being attributed to "global warming." My first thought was, "Uh-oh, if the rise in lake temperatures is true." Yellowstone is smack dab in the middle of a festering live zit of fire (so to speak) on the planet's surface, and if the caldera beneath erupts again ... actually, it's when the caldera beneath next erupts ... we're talking some real pretty sh&&. As in the entire continent pretty much environmentally wiped out. Dead and gone.

To his credit, the host mentioned the caldera. I hope he has the sense to put what's known about geology into perspective. In the context of truth, the man-caused global warming movement is laughably quaint. I am flummoxed as to why that is some kind of secret.

57 posted on 07/16/2007 7:44:35 PM PDT by Finny (Only Saps Buy Global Warming)
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To: TheZMan
"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.">

Doesn't a lot of CO2 come from the oceans? If that's the case, then what??

58 posted on 07/16/2007 7:44:45 PM PDT by redhead (Victory first; then peace)
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To: T'wit
"Why don't we convert the surplus CO2 into 7-Up and Coca-Cola? Then we could just drink all the Global Warming."

LOLOLOL!!! Can I have that for a tagline?

59 posted on 07/16/2007 7:46:44 PM PDT by redhead (Victory first; then peace)
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To: Roscoe Karns

LOL


60 posted on 07/16/2007 7:47:33 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: chopperman
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.

ROTFLMAO !!!

61 posted on 07/16/2007 7:48:06 PM PDT by Beowulf
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To: calex59

“We have truely become a planet full of idiots.”

A good % of them are professors like these idiots that couldn’t hold a job on the outside.


62 posted on 07/16/2007 7:49:04 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Thalos

Corn? It grows in the ground, it converts C02 to Oxygen and sugar using sunlight.

Of course, scientists didn’t have a chance to invent these wonderful energy converters.


63 posted on 07/16/2007 7:51:02 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Thalos

You could wear one of these on your head. The CO2 you breathe out gets processed into ethanol which goes right into your bloodstream. A guy could stay drunk continually as long as there is enough light. Or he could wear a battery so he could stay drunk in the dark. What an invention.

The booze companies are going to buy this invention and then hide the details.


64 posted on 07/16/2007 7:52:59 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Thalos
Rizing levels of CO2 is the EFFECT of global warming, it is not the CAUSE!
65 posted on 07/16/2007 7:53:31 PM PDT by det dweller too
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To: decal
You left out a step - where do you shove the empty Dom P. bottle? ;)

Well, now, that's a whole 'nother thread ! ! !

66 posted on 07/16/2007 7:54:42 PM PDT by night reader (NRA Life Member since 1962)
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To: Thalos

This same crowd also says we can control the temperature of the sun by installing a thermostadt on the surface of it. It can put in place if we go up there at night when it is cool.


67 posted on 07/16/2007 7:55:38 PM PDT by U S Army EOD
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To: Thalos
>>>>Scientists invent device to stop Global Warming


68 posted on 07/16/2007 7:56:17 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Thalos
As it happens, I too have invented a device to stop global warming. I of course cannot reveal the process by which it works, as that would give away my trade secret, but if the world governments pool together and pay me one billion US dollars, then I guarantee that 10 years from now, the average temperature will be no greater than it is today, and may even be a bit less.

Naturally I don't expect to be trusted blindly on this. I offer a 100% money-back guarantee: If temperatures do go up after 10 years, even by as little as one one-hundredth of a degree, then I will repay the entire $1 billion.

69 posted on 07/16/2007 7:57:10 PM PDT by Fabozz (Thompson/Giuliani 08: A *real* Unity ticket)
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To: Thalos
>>>>Scientists invent device to stop Global Warming


Patented Protective Underwear for Bad Gas Initial Press Release

UNDER-TEC Corporation of Pueblo, Colorado, and its inventor Buck Weimer, has produced a new generation of protective underwear patented to filter out the bad smell of human gas (flatulence).

http://www.under-tec.com/index.php

70 posted on 07/16/2007 8:00:06 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: mylife

(MEA), diglycolamine (DGA), diethanolamine (DEA), diisopropanolamine (DIPA) and methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) are widely used industrially for removing carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S)’


I dunno about all that stuff. I suggest some good ol’
(STFU)


71 posted on 07/16/2007 8:03:06 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Thalos; All

Oh, damn. And here I thought they’d invented some contraption that would keep Algore’s big trap shut and prevent all that hot air from escaping and burning a hole into the ozone layer.


72 posted on 07/16/2007 8:13:09 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Father of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier fighting the terrorists in the Triangle of Death)
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To: Thalos

This, kinda, has the ring of a cigarette tax for education, where, you need more smokers to fund education. We will have to burn more gas to make enough CO2 to make enough ethanol.


73 posted on 07/16/2007 8:13:43 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (Bolshecrat, the amoral party of what if and whine.)
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To: redhead

Help yourself! Thanks for giving me a smile :-)


74 posted on 07/16/2007 8:15:25 PM PDT by T'wit (Visitors: you come here expecting a turkey shoot, and then you find out that you are the turkey.)
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To: Beowulf; chopperman
We rid this world’s air of harmful CO2 and replace it with beneficial carbon monoxide. .

Actually CO is flammable and can be used as a fuel.

75 posted on 07/16/2007 8:15:59 PM PDT by Pontiac (Patriotism is the natural consequence of having a free mind in a free society.)
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To: freedomlover

We use amine to remove CO2 on submarines.
It seems to have the unfortunate side effect of removing your manners


76 posted on 07/16/2007 8:20:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: kinoxi

“What are the trees suppose to do?

Dude, trees are like so last decade...”

Thanks for the laugh Kinoxi, man this was funny!


77 posted on 07/16/2007 8:25:05 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Thalos
A couple billion of these should do the trick ;-)


78 posted on 07/16/2007 8:28:00 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Thalos
If they were serious about reducing CO^2, they would outlaw the brewing & fermenting of beer, liquor, and wines; that would solve the drunk driving & alcohol abuse problem, too...

...baking with yeast would go, too; no more yeast breads and donuts; that tackles the “obesity epidemic” as well...

...and if they drained those beloved wetlands and disease laden swamps, why not only megatons of methane would no longer be created, but skeeter born diseases would be delt a severe blow.





/sarc>

79 posted on 07/16/2007 8:29:45 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Thalos
and eliminate global warming greenhouse gases.

All this means Jack Shiate because CO2 is not a greenhouse gas.

If these people want to eliminate global warming greenhouse gases they'd have to eliminate water vapor and a lot of good that will do us.

80 posted on 07/16/2007 8:33:04 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: UglyinLA

==> “Algore needs to lead by example... he should mount one of these puppies on the roof of his house.” <==

No, he needs to shove one up his personal methane emitter.


81 posted on 07/16/2007 8:33:31 PM PDT by MainFrame65 (The US Senate: World's greatest PREVARICATIVE body!)
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To: Thalos
Scientists invent device to stop Global Warming


82 posted on 07/16/2007 8:35:46 PM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney for President 2008)
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To: kinoxi

“What are they doing with the carbon monoxide again?”

They’re pumping it into the room where their paper is being peer reviewed by actual scientists.
This tends to limit the number of dissenting reports.


83 posted on 07/16/2007 8:37:58 PM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: ApplegateRanch

The bottom line is that CO2 is not a problem in the atmosphere.

Nature has provided us with the most efficient carbon based fuels. We simply refuse to develop them.

The oceans are Huge moderating carbon sinks that will keep the atmosphere in balance.

I’d like to see us off of OPEC dependance.
Ethanol is a stupid answer, that ties agriculture and food prices to energy.
Lets get us some shale oil and tap the gulf and anwr


84 posted on 07/16/2007 8:40:38 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Thalos

Unfortunately, Kubiak and Sathrum recently tested their device in a garage and died.


85 posted on 07/16/2007 8:42:09 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Thalos
California "scientist" invents device to counter global warming.

Some say he knows about as much about science as he does about running the state. ;)

86 posted on 07/16/2007 8:42:43 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: Delacon
No mention of whether or not they will have to still add non sunlight energy to the mix then.

Waste heat from coal plants?

Maybe place the converter portion of the device in the stack flow, beyond whatever sulfer squelchers are present; and place the solar cell portion on the outside, with wires & collector tubing as & where needed?

Even if it only worked during daylight hours on sunny days, it would still be a big drop in stack CO^2.

Do on-site conversion of the CO to fuel.

87 posted on 07/16/2007 8:48:26 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: edcoil

Well actually trees cause smog so I guess they’ll keep doing that but don’t tell the greens.


88 posted on 07/16/2007 9:51:15 PM PDT by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: chopperman
Not to mention that most of the oxygen in our atomoshere is O2 not O1, which means this single oxygen atom could combine with anything to form a potentially more dangerous compound.
89 posted on 07/16/2007 9:55:57 PM PDT by LukeL (Never let the enemy pick the battle site. (Gen. George S. Patton))
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To: Thalos

Well, I might be dumb as L, but hasn’t the earth already proven it is a self-correcting organism? If it isn’t, how has it supported life for so long.

And as an aside, it’s been my experience when you try to fix something that is not broken, it usually ends up broke.


90 posted on 07/17/2007 4:37:39 AM PDT by four more in O 4 (God Bless America. Let Freedom Reign.)
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To: IncPen; Bartman

???? ping


91 posted on 07/17/2007 4:45:11 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: mylife

So you’re gonna hang a tub of that stuff on every cows butt, exhaust pipe, and furnace vent in the world? It’s also a bit hard to route the output of vegitative decay, volcanic eruption, and grass fires through a chemical vat, not to mention the metabolic product of all the breathing in the world.


92 posted on 07/17/2007 4:53:16 AM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: edcoil; Nailbiter
What are the trees suppose to do?

Hilarious.

My first thought: the Greenies ain't gonna like this...

If I was the king of the trees, I'd tell the trees to go on strike...

1.) No shade for you, stupid humans!
2.) Extra leaves this fall!
3.) You think your sewer line is clogged today!? Just wait!!

93 posted on 07/17/2007 5:55:29 AM PDT by IncPen (The Liberal's Reward is Self Disgust)
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To: tubebender
Now let me get this straight... We have millions and millions of catalytic converters on autos and lite trucks to clean up and turn unburned hydrocarbons and CARBON MONOXIDE to water vapor and CARBON DIOXIDE and now they are going to reverse that?

Yep. Actually, since most cars on the road are now equipped with computerized electronic fuel injection, unburned hydrocarbons are a much smaller problem than back in the days of carbureted engines and overdue tune-ups.

If eliminating CO2 is a real priority, the best thing we could do is take a hacksaw to our catalytic converters. The states should lead the fight against greenhouse gases by legislating away the "exhaust sniffer" component of annual safety inspection. Why, it's their carbon-neutral duty to do so!

94 posted on 07/17/2007 6:45:24 AM PDT by Charles Martel (The Tree of Liberty thirsts.)
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To: chopperman

Good place to bump this thread. CO is probably worse than CO2.


95 posted on 07/17/2007 12:07:14 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq -- via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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