United States Patent: 8754137

Carbon Dioxide, as it is co-produced in only a small way - - relative to some all-natural and un-taxable sources of it's emission, such as the Earth's inexorable processes of planetary volcanism - - by our economically essential use of Coal in the generation of abundant, reliable and affordable electric power, is a valuable raw material resource.

Carbon Dioxide can be reclaimed, either from the environment or from various industrial exhaust gas streams, such as those produced by some plants that process that "clean energy alternative", natural gas, which is often contaminated with a large percentage of CO2 just it exits it's natural reservoirs, to make the long-distance shipment and subsequent combustion of that natural gas more efficient. Such extracted Carbon Dioxide from natural gas, as far as we know, is now most often just simply vented to the atmosphere, and is in addition to that generated by natural gas when it is combusted.

http://www.zfk.de/mobilitaet/neue-kraftstoffe/artikel/steag-startet-power-to-liquid-projekt.html

More on Germany's plan's to, as we reported in:

http://www.wvcoal.com/research-development/germany-to-convert-coal-power-plant-co2-into-methanol.html;

with the help of Iceland's Carbon Recycling International and Japan's Mitsubishi, begin converting Carbon Dioxide recovered from a Coal-fired plant exhaust stream into fuel alcohol Methanol:

 

The CO2-to-hydrocarbon industry is, almost under the radar, and certainly beneath the notice of our news editors, proliferating/flowering in Europe, especially Germany.

Here is info from yet another company, Sunfire, which looks like it's been acquired by the multinational Bilfinger SE, formerly AG:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilfinger.

Note that Bilfinger's CEO:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Koch;

is not, apparently, related to the Koch brothers.

http://www.zfk.de/mobilitaet/neue-kraftstoffe/artikel/steag-startet-power-to-liquid-projekt.html

More on Germany's plan's to, as we reported in:

http://www.wvcoal.com/research-development/germany-to-convert-coal-power-plant-co2-into-methanol.html;

with the help of Iceland's Carbon Recycling International and Japan's Mitsubishi, begin converting Carbon Dioxide recovered from a Coal-fired plant exhaust stream into fuel alcohol Methanol:

 

Audi is Using Renewable Energy to Convert CO2 into Methane | Research & Development | News

Just FYI: The above link is to one of our posts concerning, actually, the company now called "ETOGAS", who built the CO2-to-Substitute, or Synthetic, Natural Gas, SNG, Methane plant for Audi:

"As of June 25, 2013, the well-known German automaker, Audi, at a brand-new factory, is using renewable, environmental energy to convert Carbon Dioxide into substitute natural gas Methane".


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