If
an automobile is running efficiently and smoothly on the highway and its
consuming carbon dioxide from the air as fuel instead of gasoline or petrol,
what delusion earth that would be. Researchers from the South West are
functioning on a £1.4 million plan to turn the above dream into a realism. This
car of the future will consume one of the core causes of the greenhouse effect.
What a greener world that would be.

Scientists
and engineers from many universities will merge their efforts to create that
dream car running on carbon dioxide. The University of Bath is leading the
research study. They are together by the University of the West of England and
members from the University of Bristol. 

car fuel from carbon-dioxide


Dr
Frank Marken, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry (University of Bath) believed:
“Current processes rely on using separate technology to capture and utilize the
CO2, which makes the process very inefficient. By combining the processes the
efficiency can be improved and the energy required to drive the CO2 reduction
is minimized. It will be an enormous task on the other hand we have a strong
inter-disciplinary team that contains chemists, chemical engineers, biologists,
as well as life-cycle analysts.

Presently
the project is attempted to develop porous materials. Porous materials are
useful in absorbing the gas from the atmosphere Carbon dioxide causes global
warming but scientists are converting it into chemicals that can be used to
build vehicle fuel or plastics. They are utilizing solar power for their
testing. The researchers are envisaging a future where their porous materials
are the major factor of a factory’s chimneys. These porous materials would be
absorbing carbon dioxide pollutants from the atmosphere, reducing the effects
of climate change.

Dr
Petra Cameron, RCUK Fellow from the Department of Chemistry (University of
Bath), understood: “We hope that the utilization of renewable energy to recycling
CO2 will be an effective method to decrease the quantity of CO2 in the
atmosphere.” When this scheme will be accomplished it will signify that
innovative types of fuels can be produced from old ‘carbon emissions’ that are
produced from factories, plants, and even cars themselves. The idea of
‘recycling’ carbon released from fossil fuels is not new. But people are
warming up towards this plan now. Now there is no lack of funds for such a modern
and new proposal.

The
Bath-Bristol collaboration helps in drawing talents from different streams of
knowledge such as researchers from Bath’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and
the Environment (I-SEE), the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, besides
the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) as well as School of Life Sciences at the
University of the West of England.

Dr
Ioannis Ieropoulos, (BRL), said, One of the pronounced advantages of this plan
is that it will utilize the natural abilities of microorganisms to reduce CO2
in the air as well as at the same time generate electricity otherwise hydrogen,
as needed.

Dr
David Fermin from the University of Bristol believed: “at this time, there are
no large-scale technologies accessible for capturing and processing CO2 from the
atmosphere. The reality is that CO2 is rather diluted in the air and its
chemical reactivity is very low. By combining clever substances design with
heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, and biocatalysts, we endeavor at
developing useful carbon-neutral technology.

The
project, financed by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
is in its promising phase but the researchers expected that innovative
technology could create an actual distinction in the struggle against climate
change. The project is part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) cross-Council
program ‘Nanoscience: through Engineering to Application.