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

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What is Molybdenum Carbide?

Molybdenum carburide possesses high melting points and hardness. It also has excellent thermal and mechanical resistance and is resistant to corrosion. Molybdenum has a melting point 2615 and is silver-white. It has a density 10.2 g/cm3 with a small expansion coefficient. This is similar to the glass used in electronic tubes. Molybdenum will oxidize quickly above 600°C and is stable when kept at room temperature.

Molybdenum carbide as Fuel

According to reports in the media, plants’ innovative ways of converting light and oxygen into fuel has inspired many researchers. Today, photosynthesis has laid a foundation for solving the carbon dioxide problem. Researchers at Linkoping University have developed a method to convert carbon dioxide into fuels using solar energy. A photoelectrode was created, covered with a layer graphene. Graphene has been widely promoted as a material that can generate charge carriers and capture solar energy. They then convert water and carbon dioxide into methane and carbon monoxide.

Carbon Dioxide into Hydrocarbons

The latest evidence that many environmental initiatives are working to find new ways to utilize carbon dioxide is this. Even the Paris Agreement is aiming to do so. The momentum continues to grow, which could lead to more technological breakthroughs. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, along with the University of Southern California, announced earlier this year that they had created a catalyst that could make hydrogenation, which is cheaper than the process of converting carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons.

Nanotechnology and Molybdenum-Carbide Catalyst

Their catalyst uses nanotechnology in order to add molybdenum carbon nanoparticles. Molybdenum-carbon carbide, a metal and carbon complex, has a variety of uses, such as the conversion of CO2 into carbon monoxide to produce chemicals and the conversion of hydrocarbons. Cost is a key consideration for all projects that are aimed at utilizing the carbon dioxide we emit into the air. Carbon capture technology for instance is costly. Many people think this technology will not be affordable or a viable way to reduce global emissions on a large-scale.

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