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New Breakthrough in Solar Energy Application: Converting Carbon Dioxide into Fuel

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Update time : 2020-09-16 10:38:18

What Is Molybdenum Carbide

Molybdenum carbide has the characteristics of high melting point and hardness, good thermal and mechanical stability, and excellent corrosion resistance. Molybdenum is a silver-white refractory metal with a melting point of 2615℃, a density of 10.2 g/cm3, and a small expansion coefficient, which is almost the same as that of special glass for electronic tubes. Molybdenum is stable at room temperature and will oxidize rapidly above 600℃.

Molybdenum Carbide As Fuel

According to relevant media reports, plants and their ingenious ways of turning light and air into fuel have inspired many scientists. Today, photosynthesis has laid the foundation for solving our carbon dioxide problem. Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have discovered a way to use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide into other chemicals as fuel. They designed something called a photoelectrode, which is covered on a layer of graphene. Graphene is a widely promoted material, basically a layer of carbon atoms, which can capture solar energy and Generate charge carriers. Next, they convert carbon dioxide and water into methane, carbon monoxide and formic acid.


Carbon Dioxide to Hydrocarbons

This is the latest sign that efforts are being made to find ways to use carbon dioxide, which is the goal of many environmental initiatives and even the Paris Agreement itself. And this momentum is accelerating, and the possibility of technological breakthroughs may continue. For example, earlier this year, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Southern California announced that they have created a new type of catalyst that can make hydrogenation—a process that is cheaper than the conversion of carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons.

Nanotechnology of Molybdenum Carbide Catalyst

Their catalyst uses nanotechnology to add nanoparticles of molybdenum carbide. Molybdenum carbide is a metal and carbon compound with a wide range of applications, including the conversion of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide for chemical production, and the conversion into hydrocarbons. In all projects that seek to utilize the carbon dioxide we release in the atmosphere, cost is an important consideration. For example, carbon capture technology is expensive. Many people believe that this technology will never be affordable and cannot be a reasonable way to solve global emissions problems on a large scale.


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