University of Nevada, Reno
Desert Research Institute
Solar nanotube technology is used to efficiently convert carbon dioxide to
methanol and dimethyl ether (DME), a green fuel with numerous uses such as power
production, fueling vehicles and in-home use. DME produces very low emissions,
has high fuel economy and has been targeted as an excellent fuel for combustion
engines and fuel cells. Utilities can use this technology to not only reduce CO2
levels and produce green fuels, but return heat to the power generation system.
It has also been approved as a fuel source for gas turbines by the major
manufacturers in this market space. A sizeable market exists with the U.S.
producing roughly 25 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions.
UNR ID #: UNR09-014SYSTEMS INCLUDING NANOTUBULAR ARRAYS FOR CONVERTING
CARBON DIOXIDE TO AN ORGANIC COMPOUNDAppl. #.:12/754,269
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