How can we reduce the CO2 emitted to the atmosphere, and at the same time reduce our dependence on oil? Many are clear, and they envision a future in which it is sufficient with the air to generate gas, and even produce plastic. Seen this way, it may seem like witchcraft, or a fantasy worthy of the ideas of those alchemists of the middle ages. But while we wonder up to what point we are in a fantasy, many researchers are now synthesizing fuels, and plastics, using chemicals as abundant as water, and the CO2. ¿How it intends to Ford to create these plastics from the air?
Ford has been working on since 2013, with different companies and university researchers to capture the CO2 on the air and find different applications for that CO2 captured. According to advertise these days, it would already have succeeded in synthesizing a series of compounds, referred to as polyhydric alcohols, whose composition would be formulated in a 50% thanks to the CO2.
The key of these polyhydric alcohols is precisely in that can be used to create a variety of plastics, foams and synthetic, such as those that give consistency to the filling of the seats of your car, or hiding behind the door panels, the dashboard, the low, and the steps of the wheel, to isolate the passenger compartment from external noise, or the sound of the engine.
In short, Ford and these researchers have managed to produce plastic without the oil, instead using CO2 captured air. It is not the only way to produce plastic. Ford ensures that all its models marketed in the united States employ foams artificial, created through soy, various fillings. They also remind us that many coverings of luggage are created using coconut fiber.
In the last few months since I had spoken of how some manufacturers, such as Audi, are producing fuel using water and air.
The idea of Ford is not very different from the one already applied to synthesize fuels. But the big problem of these advances remains the same. How much it costs us, and not only in money but also in energy, capture CO2 and use it to synthesize plastics? The big problem is that in many cases, we are talking of lab processes, so complex, and costly (again, in terms of energy), which, unfortunately, are still viable as long as there are raw materials, relatively abundant, such as vegetables, or as abundant and accessible as itching in the earth’s crust and extracting oil.
In any case you will be with me in that, as a minimum, it is worth that there are researchers that continue to work in these technologies, don’t you think?
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