Friday, December 7, 2007

Team to chemically transform carbon dioxide into carbon-neutral liquid fuels

If you recall, I am a bit of a nut about really fast computers.
Sandia, which is doing the CO2 research, has one.
Number six in the world. Wickedly fast:
Processors Rmax(GFlops) Rpeak(GFlops) Nmax Nhalf
26569 102200 127531 1700000 0

From PhysOrg:

Using concentrated solar energy to reverse combustion, a research team from Sandia National Laboratories is building a prototype device intended to chemically “reenergize” carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide using concentrated solar power. The carbon monoxide could then be used to make hydrogen or serve as a building block to synthesize a liquid combustible fuel, such as methanol or even gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

The prototype device, called the Counter Rotating Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator (CR5, for short), will break a carbon-oxygen bond in the carbon dioxide to form carbon monoxide and oxygen in two distinct steps. It is a major piece of an approach to converting carbon dioxide into fuel from sunlight.

The Sandia research team calls this approach “Sunshine to Petrol” (S2P). “Liquid Solar Fuel” is the end product — the methanol, gasoline, or other liquid fuel made from water and the carbon monoxide produced using solar energy...MUCH MORE