Eats Up CO2 and Creates Useful Energy All At The Same Time

A materials scientists has recently disclosed some startling findings after an experiment where he discovered a way through chemical reactions to eat up carbon dioxide and at the same time create a solid very useful material full of energy.

Now creating a solid from carbon dioxide is nothing new but here is the important aspect to this: What usually happens when creating a solid from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas is the release of more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere then you started with.

This release of even more CO2 into the atmosphere defeats the purpose of creating the solid filled with energy if it is creating more of a CO2 hazard. The governments at this point will not approve of anything that will result in more unwanted CO2 then is necessary.

What Michigan Technological University was able to do is to develop a heat releasing reaction between carbon dioxide and Li3N that forms two chemicals: amorphous carbon nitride (C3N4), a semiconductor; and lithium cyanamide (Li2CN2), a precursor to fertilizers.

The team of scientists led by professor Hu found that the reaction converts CO2 to a solid material which is useful in and of itself.

The really exciting part is that the solid CO2 material is full of energy and when adding CO2 to less than a gram of Li3N at 330 degrees Celsius you get surrounding temperatures of energy that is 1,000 degrees Celsius, or 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about the same temperature of lava exiting a volcano. The publication is available at The Journal of Physical Chemistry

Now I am yet to be concerned that man is creating a horrible global warming scenario that will kill the earth of all living things in the next 20 years as some alarmists keep reporting.

This latest scientific breakthrough however, is a great thing in helping the environmental activists and their causes as there is a meaningful practical value this latest carbon capture experiment offers the world.

If the activists would spend more time on creating solutions like these I think their cause would be accepted a lot easier. Think about it, let’s spend money capturing CO2 emissions and at the same time use that physical carbon dioxide solid created through the process to create tons of cheap affordable energy. Both industry and environmentalists seem to win in this situation regardless of what extreme ideas they might hold to.

The Future of Electric Cars in Pasadena, Texas and is this good for your electric bill?

chevrolet volt electricity powered carResidents of Pasadena, Texas may soon see electric cars everywhere. Certain areas in Texas were picked to be the test market for Volt from Chevrolet. According to the US government the Volt is an electric car, not a hybrid car like others currently being sold but when the car entered the market it was discovered to be a hybrid like all the others.

The Volt is a car that will run on electricity for about 35 miles. That means that you will not be burning fuel during your morning drive to your Pasadena, Texas job. If the Volt and other electric cars are successful, there may soon be no need for fuel-driven cars. The negative to the Volt is that when comparing it’s fuel efficiency to other cars it doesn’t fair so well. After the initial 35 miles of driving with fuel ecomony at around 93 miles a gallon via electric power you are switched to gasoline fuel and you only get 37 miles to the gallon.

Note: we have done a conversion to show you what the electric power delivers in miles in miles per gallon of gasoline even though we are talking about kilowatt hours here. There are 33.7 kilowatt-hours in a gallon of gasoline. If you are paying 11 cents per kilowatt hour than that would cost $3.70 per gallon equivalent of gas. So in the case of an electric car you are paying more and you are not converting fuel at a 1 to 1 ratio therefore you are actually polluting the environment more it’s just concentrated at the power generation facility and not your city.

Saving our fossil fuels is a concern for everyone, including the residents of Pasadena, Texas. Electric cars appear to be a way to conserve these precious fuels and help the environment but in reality the power plants that create the electricity for the car are burning natural gas and oil. These fuels are not converting power at a 1 to 1 ratio. This means your car is inneficient simply because it uses electric power.

If you are considering an electric car in your future, you may probably wonder what it will do to your electric bill. After all, these cars have to be plugged in and your electric usage will rise. Fortunately, you have the freedom to choose your Pasadena, Texas electric provider which will allow you to find the cheapest rate.

Use our comparison chart to see the rates of area providers. You may or may not be using the cheapest electric service. By switching providers to one with a lower rate, you can purchase your electric car with no worries. Lower rates mean a lower electric bill. Get started now by using our comparison chart and see what a difference a few cents can make. When electric cars become the “norm”, you will be prepared because you will already be saving money on every kWh that you use.

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