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Title: What Should We Make with CO 2 and How Can We Make It?

In this forward-looking Perspective, we discuss the current state of technology and the economics of electrocatalytic transformation of CO 2 into various chemical fuels. Furthermore, our analysis finds that short-chain simple building-block molecules currently present the most economically compelling targets. Making an optimistic prediction of technology advancement in the future, we propose the gradual rise of photocatalytic, CO 2 polymerization, biohybrid, and molecular machine technologies to augment and enhance already practical electrocatalytic CO 2 conversion methods.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5900-68734
Journal ID: ISSN 2542-4351
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Joule
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2542-4351
Publisher:
Elsevier - Cell Press
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Program (EE-3F); USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; electrocatalytic CO2 reduction; techno-economic assessment; renewable energy
OSTI Identifier:
1433477