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UK Universities Received £1.4mln for CO2 to Fuel Research

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The University of Bath, in collaboration with scientists and engineers from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, have received a £1.4 million grant from the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to research porous materials that could remove COfrom smoke stacks and convert it into chemicals to make car fuel or plastics, Carbon Capture Journal reported.
It is reported the process would be powered by solar energy and would combine a range of different methods, including micro-organisms that naturally capture CO2. The material could be used to line the inside of factory chimneys.
"Current processes rely on using separate technology to capture and utilise the CO2, which makes the process very inefficient," said Dr Frank Marken, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Bath. "By combining the processes the efficiency can be improved and the energy required to drive the CO2 reduction is minimised."
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