Already successful in transforming CO2 into precipitated calcium carbonate that's used to make a host of products from paper to pharmaceuticals, Carbon Sciences, Inc, has announced the development of a new and more cost-effective way to convert this bountiful and critical greenhouse gas into fuel using a recycling procedure aimed at helping reduce the demand for additional petroleum.
Carbon Sciences employs an innovative multi-stage biocatalytic process to transform any grade of CO2 into low-carbon hydrocarbons that can ultimately be converted into higher-level variants like gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Unlike existing processes for this kind of transformation which require high temperatures and high-pressure conditions, Carbon Sciences achieves the same end result using a low-temperature/low-pressure and significantly lower-cost approach. According to Carbon Sciences, this proprietary system employs a multi-tier methodology in which each step in the process creates a new intermediate carbon-infused compound that can then be subjected to a subsequent process that requires even less reactive energy. In the final stage, these compounds are combined to yield more sophisticated hydrocarbon forms like methane, ethane and propane.
"We are very excited about this breakthrough," stated Carbon Sciences' CEO Derek McLeish. "By innovating at the intersection of chemical engineering and bio-engineering disciplines, we are developing a highly scalable biocatalytic process to meet the fuel needs of the world. With over 28 billion tons of CO2 emitted each year, there is an abundant supply of raw material available to produce renewable and sustainable fuels for global consumption."