Carbon Sciences announces successful performance testing of catalyst to transform greenhouse gases into gasoline
Carbon Sciences, Inc. announced the successful performance testing of its novel catalyst to transform greenhouse gases into gasoline. In August, the company had announced the successful synthesis of the raw catalyst. (Earlier post.)
From literally thousands of options, we have narrowed down our choice to two catalyst designs. More importantly, our rigorous testing shows that the catalysts work in accordance with earlier computer simulations.
The key features we have confirmed in our tests are high conversion efficiency and potential for catalyst longevity, which translates directly into commercial viability. High conversion efficiency means lower capital cost to produce substantial quantities of fuel. Longevity means that our systems will not require frequent shutdown for maintenance and catalyst cleaning. These are the primary challenges faced by previous industry attempts. Our initial laboratory results lead us to believe that we will be able to overcome these challenges at commercial scale. Lastly, unlike catalysts previously considered by others, our catalysts are designed using common metals that are plentiful and inexpensive.—Dr. Naveed Aslam, Chief Technology Officer
The catalyst performs two important functions: (1) Extract hydrogen atoms from CH4 to form low-level hydrocarbons, and (2) Convert low-level hydrocarbons into higher-level gasoline-range hydrocarbons.