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04 Jun 2010 05:06:07

US to use solar reforming to create diesel fuel



US to use solar reforming to create diesel fuel
A consortium in the US has launched a joint project to covert carbon emissions into diesel fuel using concentrated solar energy.

Plans are to place solar reforming plants near to facilities which have large amounts of CO2 emissions, such as coal-fired power stations, and use these to convert the emissions into fuel.

The US is already a huge user of diesel, consuming 60 billion gallons each year, however currently much of this is produced from imported oil. It is hoped that the new project could help both reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil and cut carbon emissions.

Members of the alliance team include Sandia National Laboratories, Renewable Energy Institute International (REII), Pacific Renewable Fuels, Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne (a United Technologies Division), Quanta Services, Desert Research Institute and Clean Energy Systems.

Funding for the first round of plants, which are anticipated to be in use by 2013, has been provided by the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Dr Dennis Schuetzle, president of REII, said: "The alliance team members believe that the best way to accomplish CO2 reduction goals is to commercialize platforms that will utilise CO2 as a carbon feedstock for the production of valuable products."ADNFCR-1235-ID-19819746-ADNFCR


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