Non polluting ICEs and improvemets on Co2 based gasoline are on the way.
An ICE that does not emmit co2 nor harmful gases has been delveloped in Valencia (Spain)
An ICE with EV emmissions (roadgoing not manufacturing emmissions) is the wet dream of any petrolhead, you get rid of any moral baggage you could have and leave those annoying, manipulative, complain-for-everything-yet-do-nothing-to-solve-it "ecologists" without an argument to rant about, well if it wasnt obvious yet, dreams can come true. This is the second time that Valencia has provided us with great improvements for our engines (spanish Detroit in its gud o'l(é) days, anyone?) the first one was an improved diesel engine capable of emmitting smaller particles and emmitting 82% less than the current limmit and now they created and ICE that just doesn't pollute, offering great efficiency and on top of that, it complys (basically exempt) with the 2040 emmissions normative and the ICE genoci-I mean banning imposed by those shortsighted, power-hungry, smoothbrains that somehow occupy important administrative possitions.
Investigators from the Polytechnic University of Valencia have finally created an ICE that not only doesn't pollute but it is also a Co2 provider, how is that a good thing? well if you check my previous article you will know that there is a fairly sizeable push towards co2 based gasoline and having a car collect the base ingredient for what is basically recyclable fuel is just more convenient and economycal than building and running a Co2 capture facility, anyway let's get back to the engine, this is a truly revolutionary advancement and we will see two prototypes ready in the coming months (you can blame the current pandemic for the delays...) thanks to the financiation by Valencia's Innovation Agency.
If Elon gets a statue, these guys deserve a city-monument.
In the words of José Ramón Serrano (Project participant):
"Having the positive assessment and funding from the Valencian Innovation Agency means being able to take the concept to sufficiently high levels of technological development", says researcher. It will also attract the attention of private investors who want to license the patent or finance subsidiary companies to make these engines a reality, which would change the paradigm of the fight against climate change from the point of view of transport"
BUT HOW DOES THIS DREAM-MACHINE WORK? I hear you yelp...
This early super-christmas giga-gift works using MIEP (I don't know what that stands for even tho I searched for it) ceramic membranes patented by the spanish Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), which is a mixed centre of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and Spain's Superior Council of Scientific Investigations (CSIC), these membranes are capable of eliminating all gases capable of harming our health (NOx), then another process traps Co2 from the atmosphere and the combustion cycle by liquification.
To quote José Manuel Serra, ITQ (UPV-CSIC) investigator: "These membranes, included in the vehicle's engine, allow the selective separation of oxygen from the air to produce oxy-combustion and in this way, a pure combustion gas is generated, composed of water and CO2, which can be captured inside the own vehicle and store it (in a presurized chamber), without being ejected by the exhaust"
According to the researchers, a conventional engine produces a large amount of nitrogen and nitrogen oxides, generated in the exhaust after the combustion, while in this case only CO2 in very high concentration and water, the later being able to be separated very easily from the Co2 by condensation.
So basically, a vehicle with this tech aplied will have all the range and refueling advantages of an ICE while having the 0 emmissions capabilities of an EV AND it also incorporates a Co2 storaging tank that will allow the recycling of the gas into hopefully Co2 based gasoline, or failing that, other products or industrial aplications (fire extinguishers, sodas, Co2 cannisters...)
I don't like how you used "without" and "exhaust" in the same phrase... plz dont
Hey there, calm down, let's not get ahead of ourselves, there is more.
This technology is aimed towards large vehicle maufacturers, from land and water transport of passengers and cargo to aircraft of certain power but it also can be adapted to current diesel engines found in special vehicles (excavators and stuff like that I assume). Another investigator from UPV's Thermic Engines Centre, Francisco José Arnau has pointed out that this technology can be applied to regular cars but it will only be able to capture part of the Co2, so while we could not get rid of all of the Co2 emmissions in our cars, at least we could get rid of NOx gases, still, these hypothetical cars would emmit much less and they would only emmit Co2 that (hopefully) was retired from the atmosphere to make the Co2 gasoline that generated it, so even with that, dare I say minimal drawback, all of it's emmissions would have minimal impact.
So yeah, don't worry, Pops, Crackles and Bangs are seemingly safe as far as I can deduce from this article.
Anyway thats pretty much everything about that, I will definitively keep an eye out for further developments, now you have a fairly solid comeback for those who demoniced the ICE, regarding it as a problem without solution, a path with no exit and something uncapable of improving (exactly the same things that were said about EV's a few years ago... and look where we are now...).
Better and faster methods to create gasoloine out of Co2.
Co2 gasoline or Cotoline (Pron: Sou-to-lynn) as I call it, is not exactly a novelty, I mean, it's new but its has been around inough for some companies to get ready to comercialise it, like Repsol or Prometheus Fuels, yet I don't see many popular news outlets or the Today's Top News tribe talking about it (I guess talking about a "new" SUV that doesn't really bring anything new is WAY more important than revolutionary industry and technoclgical developments SOME-fkn-HOW), so I take it upon myself to relay this news to you, because I think this is a case of "If you want a job well done you'd be better doing it yourself".
An investigation team led by the Argonne National Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) collaborating with North Illinois University have discovered and alectrocatalizer capable of converting Co2 and water into ethanol with a very high energetic efficiency, great final product selectivity and low costs.
"The resulting process from our catalyst would contribute to the circular economy of carbon, which involves the reuse of carbon dioxide," said Di-Jia Liu, lead chemist in Argonne's Chemical Sciences and Engineering division and UChicago CASE scientist at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. This works by electrochemically converting CO2 emitted by industrial processes, such as fossil fuel power plants or alcohol fermentation plants, into valuable products at a reasonable cost.
What is ths catalytic mcguffing and how does it do that?
The catalyst consists of atomically dispersed copper on a carbon powder support. Through an electrochemical reaction, this catalyst breaks down Co2 and water molecules and selectively reassembles them in ethanol under an external electric field. This is called electrocatalytic selectivity, or "faradaic efficiency", it's over 90 percent more efficient than any other reported process and it even works stably during long low voltage operation.
"With this research, we have discovered a new catalytic mechanism for converting carbon dioxide and water into ethanol. The mechanism should also provide a basis for the development of highly efficient electrocatalysts for the conversion of carbon dioxide into a wide range of value-added chemicals." -Tao Xu.- Professor of physical chemistry and nanotechnology at Northern Illinois University.
CO2 is a stable molecule so transforming it into a different molecule is normally energy intensive and expensive as I pointed out in my previous post, however, according to Liu, they could couple the electrochemical process to the power grid and take advantage of the low-cost electricity available from renewable sources during off-peak hours and because the process operates at low temperature and pressure, it can start and stop quickly in response to the intermittent supply of renewable electricity, so thats another argument off the hands of "ecologists"; NOPE, sorry, no polluting processes to complain about 'round here, you can go now to the book store and buy your beloved book about the abusive use of plastic that comes wraped in plastic and has a cover made of artificial polymers, which you will inmediately post a photo in facebollocks proclaiming how much of an ecowarrior you are while the book is left abandoned in the shelf, unused... likeyourmoralcodecommonsenseanddignity.
"Thanks to the high photon flux of the X-ray beams in the APS (Advanced Photon Source), we have captured the structural changes of the catalyst during the electrochemical reaction" -Tao Li- Assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of the North of Illinois and an assistant scientist in Argonne's division of X-ray Science.
This data, together with high-resolution electron microscopy at the NMC (Nanoscale Material Centre) and computational modeling using the LCRC (Argonne Laboratory Computing Resource Center), revealed a reversible transformation of atomically dispersed copper to groups of three copper atoms each when applying a low voltage. The catalysis from CO2 to ethanol occurs in these tiny copper clusters. This discovery is shedding light on ways to improve the catalyst.
"We have prepared several new catalysts using this approach and have found that all of them are highly efficient in converting CO2 to other hydrocarbons, we plan to continue this research in collaboration with the industry to advance this promising technology." Di-Jia Liu.
And that is pretty much it for today.
But I still have more in the chamber. What's coming next? you may ask. Well, so far I've found about Repsol's initiative to make co2 based fuels, a new device that could allow you to make Co2 fuel at home using sunlight, water and Co2 and that Mitsubishi is planning to create a ship dedicated to the capture of Co2 to recycle it.
As you can see there is not only proof of a solution but also proof of movement towards it, and I'm going to do my best to inform you about the improvements done that we, as car enthusiasts can benefit so you can defend yourself better against overzealous enviromentalists and the shortsighted MORONS that want to ban the ICE, go ahead use this info and use to shut them up when they try to demonize us further, fight for what you love, and prove to those who who want us gone that they are wrong, nothing will hurt them more than we proving them that we too can improve, that we arent the monster they want us to be and that they will have to coexist with us no matter how hard they try to avoid it.
Feel free to repost this wherever you want, spread the word, lets start fighting back the demonization.