Get Your Fill of Sun-Petrol

Courtesy of ETH

Researchers at the Switzerland-based Paul Scherrer Institut and ETH Zurich have developed a chemical process that uses the sun’s thermal energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into synthetic fuel. The method is based on chemical reactions in the presence of certain materials—cerium oxide, for example—that only take place at temperatures above 1500°C. This process results in the creation of hydrogen and carbon monoxide that then can be used to produce gaseous or fluid hydrocarbons. This new approach directly generates the materials that produce the fuel. It also makes it possible to store solar energy in the form of chemical bonds.

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