Recycling carbon dioxide industrially
Burning carbon intensive energy sources increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, which is a significant contributing factor to the alarming phenomenon of global warming . The clean energy arriving from the sun on the Earth´s surface could be utilized by recycling carbon dioxide. The following is a short introduction to this matter.
We could at the moment produse methanol synthetically from carbon dioxide and water, which means that the third energy produced by the EMU device, as presented in the main animation, could be stored in methanol. This chemical reaction would bind carbon; that is, this carbon would be in the methanol and not in the atmosphere or in bodies of water.
The energy needed for this chemical reaction would come from the energy of hurricane by using the EMU device. The produced methanol could be burned like any other motor fuels in order to get energy. The disadvantages of methanol include toxicity and low energy content, approximately half of that of gasoline. However, methanol also has a number of useful properties. The combustion of methanol produces only water and carbon dioxide. Because methanol does not explode, it would be safe to use. In case of contact with the ground or water the bacteria would quickly dispose of it. Furthermore, the logistics for transferring methanol are already there.
When methanol is burned, the produced carbon dioxide could be collected and used to manufacture new methanol! This would allow us to recycle carbon dioxide industrially, as suggested in the diagram below. This process does not increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, as the combustion of methanol produces the same amount of carbon dioxide as was used to manufacture it.
Recycling carbon dioxide by using of methanol
In order for the recycling of carbon dioxide to be successful, carbon dioxide must be collected wherever feasible. This collecting could be optimised by making it mandatory.The collected carbon dioxide would then be transported back to the EMU devices, where it would again be used to manufacture methanol.
In the future, we will probably come up with even better substances than methanol, also produces from water and carbon dioxide for storing third energy. These substances could include ethanol, gasoline and diesel oil, all of which we already know how to handle, and for which the necessary logistics are already there.
This combustible liquid, acting as a transmission medium and produced through recycling, should have its special power plants, where the substance is burned and the resulting carbon dioxide is collected and stored for further use in a centralized manner. Carbon dioxide is best stored in liquid form. The thermal energy released in its condensation could be used for heating houses, water, etc.
Manufacturing natural gas (methane) from carbon dioxide and water – a screen capture of an online news article
Collection of large storage of carbon dioxide should be started as soon as possible, either in the seabed or in underground containers. It may be that production of the energy-rich transmission medium that makes possible the industrial recycling carbon dioxide does not start immediately. However, collection of carbon dioxide storages would mean less carbon dioxide in the air and in the water. It would also mean that there would be enough carbon dioxide in storage when the equipment, or the factories, performing the recycling eventually begin to operate.
Manufacturing methanol from carbon dioxide and water – a screen capture of an online news article
Utilizing bioenergy is another means of recycling carbon dioxide in nature´s own terms. Plants make sugar, cellulose, vegetable fats, etc. from carbon dioxide and water. Burning the so produced biomass it releases carbon dioxide in the air. This carbon dioxide can then be reutilized by plants in photosynthesis.
Through sufficiently extensive use of the EMU devices, it would be possible to stop using polluting fossil fuels and also to do away with the use of nuclear power plants of the precent kind.
To be fair, the EMU is not the only possible source of energy for recycling carbon dioxide. Other suitable devices would include wind turbines, tidal turbines, solar panels and other devices whose electrical power may vary more or less due to natural conditions.
The following link demonstrates how competitive methanol production would be in comparison to production of polluting hydrocarbons, the use of which may come to an end at some point for various reasons.