Accidental discovery could be renewable #Energy breakthrough

Image result for a process to turn Carbon Dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol fuel.

In an unexpected twist of fate, scientists at the Department of Energy’s (#DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (#ORNL) have developed a process to turn Carbon Dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol fuel.

Specifically, the team says it used a catalyst made of #Carbon, #Copper and nitrogen and applied voltage to trigger a complex chemical reaction that essentially reverses the combustion process. With the help of the nanotechnology-based catalyst, the solution of carbon dioxide, dissolved in water, becomes ethanol.

Read more at: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scientists-make-potential-breakthrough-for-renewable-energy-by-accident/

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