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How to Pull Carbon Out of Building Air to Make Methanol

Researchers at West Virginia University are developing technology to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and use it for environmentally friendly methanol production. The innovative process aims to increase the sustainable supply of methanol, a widely used raw material, while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Traditional methanol production relies on fossil fuels like shale gas, but the new approach seeks to eliminate harmful emissions by extracting the required carbon from the air within buildings, such as large apartments or offices.
The envisioned methanol production system would connect to existing rooftop HVAC units in commercial and residential buildings. These units would extract carbon from the air, which is then combined with carbon-free hydrogen generated through renewable energy sources, like rooftop solar panels. A catalyst would convert these gases into liquid methanol, which could be easily transported and utilized in various applications. The researchers emphasize the low cost and efficiency of this process, which utilizes waste heat from HVAC units to function. This innovative method, known as "direct air capture," is designed to be more practical and cost-effective than existing carbon capture technologies, with the goal of producing green methanol with minimal environmental impact.




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  • Esther Wanjiku

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    Kudos to the fellows at the West Virginia university for this genius innovation

    • We Don't Have Time

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      • rosebellendiritu

        37 w

        This is a great innovation for capturing CO2 that will be used to get sustainable methanol is a plus,it's great that the process is eco friendly

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        • Kevin

          37 w

          A very great and innovative model

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          • Gorffly mokua

            37 w

            This is a very innovative approach towards capturing carbon emissions and converting them into a valuable resource.

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            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

              37 w

              The breakthrough research at West Virginia University is a game-changer for methanol production. By capturing CO2 from building air and using it for sustainable methanol production, they're paving the way for a greener future. This 'direct air capture' method is not only cost-effective but also minimizes greenhouse gas emissions. A promising step toward a more sustainable industry. 🌱🏢🍃 #ClimateInnovation #SustainableMethanol

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              • Rotich Kim

                37 w

                The world is turning into technology and we need to embrace environmental friendly technology congrats to @west Vargina university

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  37 w

                  This is a superb method that will aid in reducing the carbon dioxide footprint in a great way.

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                  • johnte ndeto

                    37 w

                    capturing carbon dioxide that would have had negative impact on climate and making it useful is really impressive

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                    • Saustine Lusanzu

                      37 w

                      This is a great innovation, together we can heal the broken planet

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