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University of Cambridge Research Team Converts Plastic Waste and CO2 into Renewable Energy

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have made significant breakthroughs in terms of hm renewable energy and sustainable fuel production. The research team led by Professor Erwin Reisner from the Department of Chemistry Yusuf Hamied who has been dedicated to developing sustainable zero carbon fuels.

The results show how carbon dioxide or CO2, whether from industrial exhaust or air, can be converted into clean hm renewable energy simply by harnessing the sun’s energy.

This innovation is considered to be able to eliminate or at least reduce the need for fossil fuels. This approach relates to solar-powered reactors, where these reactors not only convert captured CO2, but also plastic waste into sustainable fuels and other chemicals.

Through this method, the researchers succeeded in converting CO2 into syngas (an important precursor for sustainable liquid fuels) or synthetic gas. Besides that, they also succeeded in turning plastic bottles into glycolic acid, a chemical commonly found in cosmetic products.

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Different from the previous experiment

Unlike previous experiments which used a CO2 source, this time the researchers extracted CO2 from industrial waste and ambient air. This technology can capture, concentrate and convert CO2 into a renewable fuel.

While the technology still needs improvement, the findings, published in the journal Joule, mark an important step towards producing environmentally friendly fuels. In the future, this breakthrough has the potential to eliminate the need for hazardous oil and gas extraction.


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