Copper oxide nanowires that are the heart of the new methanol production method
An illustration of the reaction that creates methanol from CO2
Researchers at University of Texas at Arlington have developed a novel means of creating methanol from sunlight and CO2 (Photo: Shutterstock)
Most previous methods of producing methanol from carbon dioxide have involved lots of electricity, high pressures and high temperatures, and used toxic chemicals or rare earth elements like cadmium or tellurium. A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) has developed a new method they claim is safer, less expensive, and simpler than current approaches and can be scaled up to an industrial scale to allow some of the CO2 emitted from electrical power plants to be captured and converted into a useful fuel.
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