25 Mar 2010 09:03:15
Universities working on green fuel project
Researchers at three UK universities are working on a new project that aims to turn carbon dioxide into fuel for cars.
They are hoping to develop porous materials that can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it into chemicals for fuel, after being offered funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Led by the University of Bath, the project will also involve scientists from Bristol University and the University of the West of England.
It is hoped that the new materials could be used to line factory chimneys and soak up CO2 emissions before they are released into the air.
Dr Frank Marken, senior chemistry lecturer at Bath, said this process, which would be powered by renewable solar energy, would be more energy-efficient than existing carbon capture techniques.
"Current processes rely on using separate technology to capture and use the CO2, which makes the process very inefficient.
"By combining the processes the efficiency can be improved and the energy required to drive the CO2 reduction is minimised," he explained.
Researchers in France are also working on the development of green fuels.
Using a reactor found in plasma televisions, they are devising a process that can turn waste materials into ultra-clean biodiesel.http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2010/6912.html