Reducing CO2 Emissions During Coal to Fuel Production

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Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, have made a breakthrough that reduces carbon dioxide emissions from the source, and that can be applied to a range of processes.

Minimising carbon dioxide emissions at the source has not been a traditional goal in designing plants, and design techniques to do so are not well developed.

For a plant making liquid fuel from coal, rather than using carbon monoxide and hydrogen as intermediates, which is the current method, one can reduce the overall carbon dioxide emissions by using carbon dioxide and hydrogen as intermediates in the process, say the researchers.

The example stated already reaches beyond mere research, and Glasser says that there is a pilot plant running in China and a demonstration plant in Australia, which incorporate these ideas.


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