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.
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?
* 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.
That is the BOTTOM LINE.
I'm not a chemist, but this scheme sounds goofy.
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?)
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.
Doesn't a lot of CO2 come from the oceans? If that's the case, then what??
LOLOLOL!!! Can I have that for a tagline?
“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.
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.
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.
Well, now, that's a whole 'nother thread ! ! !
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.
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.
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(MEA), diglycolamine (DGA), diethanolamine (DEA), diisopropanolamine (DIPA) and methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) are widely used industrially for removing carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S)’
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.
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.
Help yourself! Thanks for giving me a smile :-)
Actually CO is flammable and can be used as a fuel.
We use amine to remove CO2 on submarines.
It seems to have the unfortunate side effect of removing your manners
“What are the trees suppose to do?
Dude, trees are like so last decade...”
Thanks for the laugh Kinoxi, man this was funny!
...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.
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.
==> “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.
“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.
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
Unfortunately, Kubiak and Sathrum recently tested their device in a garage and died.
Some say he knows about as much about science as he does about running the state. ;)
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.
Well actually trees cause smog so I guess they’ll keep doing that but don’t tell the greens.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
Good place to bump this thread. CO is probably worse than CO2.