Electronics giant Panasonic is moving forward with a trendy green energy plan that would involve transforming carbon dioxide into a frothy Belgian white. Or so we all hope.
The UK's Registerreports on the company's (very technically detailed) plan to extract CO2 from the atmosphere and hopefully turn it in to a consumable and tasty form of alcohol. Panasonic's "Artificial Photosynthesis System" would be placed near existing factories to better absorb their carbon emissions, says the Japan-based company.
"Currently, the main substance produced is formic acid," explains Panasonic's chief researcher, "but in the future, we'd like to produce even more useful substances, such as hydrocarbons or alcohol."
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yeah - this stuff has me fascinated. i get about 22M BTU per cord of burning hemlock, and have almost completed a small wood mill fed from a local stream. all dead wood, of course. love to hear stories of booze conversion.
"Effects on Humans: Formic acid is dangerously irritating to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes and may also be toxic to the kidneys." With time and money, we hope to convert it into something that is toxic to the liver as well.
Sometimes the elementary school level introducvion to science doesn't really cover all of the aspects of a scientific area. Would you be surprised to learn that plants also absorb CO2 and release O2? did you get that far in your studies?
i hail your work at recycling our most prescious resource. Seriously. That is one of the most important scientific efforts we can undertake for the future of the human species. Thank you for your work in this field..
But, sadly, your fellow californians didn't 'feel' so good about recycled water that is actually cleaner than what they get from their taps so it was pumped into wells to keep sea water from creeping into the aquifers they are sucking so dry the ocean is seeping into them...
People are funny, huh? not rational, but funny. One could die laughing....
From what I have read, they actually do not drink it. they should, as it is cleaner than water they could get from their well. but the idea that it is recycled prevents logical thinking and they mandate that the water be used for other purposes, like keeping sea water from entering into aquifers pumped dry from a society thqat uses more water than they can produce.....