United States Patent: 8961774

In a report now accessible on the West Virginia Coal Association's web site via the link:

New Jersey CO2 to High-Energy Alcohol | Research & Development | News;

we documented: 

"United States Patent Application 20120132538 - Electrochemical Production of Butanol from Carbon Dioxide and Water; 2012; Inventors: Emily Barton Cole, Andrew Bocarsly, et. al., NJ and DC; Abstract: Methods and systems for electrochemical production of butanol are disclosed. A method may include, but is not limited to, steps (A) to (D). Step (A) may introduce water to a first compartment of an electrochemical cell. The first compartment may include an anode. Step (B) may introduce carbon dioxide to a second compartment of the electrochemical cell. The second compartment may include a solution of an electrolyte, a catalyst, and a cathode. Step (C) may apply an electrical potential between the anode and the cathode in the electrochemical cell sufficient for the cathode to reduce the carbon dioxide to a product mixture. Step (D) may separate butanol from the product mixture".

United States Patent: 4159310

We've many times documented that Coal Ash, the solid byproduct arising from our economically essential use of Coal in the generation of reliable, affordable and abundant electric power, is a valuable resource.

Aside from its established uses in the manufacture of high-performance cement and concrete, it can also serve as an ore of economically and strategically important metals.

http://www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/1164581

We've known how to convert - through one process of gasification or another - our abundant Coal into  substitute natural gas for a very long time, actually since before the end of the nineteenth century, when "town gas", or "manufactured gas", plants - - factories that converted Coal into a flammable gas distributed through pipelines for lighting and heating purposes in homes and businesses - - started to become fairly commonplace in larger cities and towns in some parts of the United States and Europe.

 

United States Patent: 8961829

Carbon Dioxide, as we could reclaim from the stack gases of our economically essential Coal-fired power plants or harvest even from the atmosphere itself, is a valuable raw material resource.

Carbon Dioxide can be used and consumed as the key raw material in industrial processes that synthesize, as end products, any and all types of hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals.

http://www.rsc.org/images/Solar-fuels_tcm18-221433.pdf

Sorry to clutter your emails with a "pre-CoalTL" report. But, we wanted to let you all know that we're still here, and still working - - even though our personal situation - no water, new baby, ongoing com difficulties, lack of support system and etc. - - limits the time we can currently spend on research and reportage, and our CoalTL reports have been sporadic of late.


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