“we report a common element, nanostructured catalyst for the direct electrochemical conversion of CO2 to ethanol with high Faradaic efficiency (63 % at −1.2 V vs RHE) and high selectivity (84 %) that operates in water and at ambient temperature and pressure. Lacking noble metals or other rare or expensive materials, the catalyst is comprised of Cu nanoparticles on a highly textured, N-doped carbon nanospike film.”
See High-Selectivity Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to Ethanol using a Copper Nanoparticle/N-Doped Graphene ElectrodeWow! Now that prices for photo-voltaic panels have dropped, the biggest issue with solar power is having a means of storing energy for the nights and cloudy days. Liquid fuel is a great compact solution for storing energy that could work with fuel-cells or diesel generators to produce electricity. Ethanol has been produced by fermentation of agricultural products but that’s a very long and inefficient process compared to dissolving CO2 in water and electrolyzing it. I hope this develops into useful products ASAP. It seems very promising.
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