New Breakthrough in Solar Energy Application: Converting Carbon Dioxide into Fuel


Aug 16, 2023

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What is Molybdenum Carbide?

Molybdenum carburide possesses high melting points and hardness. It also has excellent thermal and mechanical resistance and is resistant to corrosion. Molybdenum has a melting point 2615 and is silver-white. It has a density 10.2 g/cm3 with a small expansion coefficient. This is similar to the glass used in electronic tubes. Molybdenum oxidizes rapidly above 600°C and is stable at room temperatures.

Molybdenum carbide as Fuel

Many scientists have been inspired by the plants’ ingenious methods of converting light and oxygen into fuel, according to reports from relevant media. Today, photosynthesis is the basis for solving our problem of carbon dioxide. Researchers at Linkoping University have developed a method to use solar power to convert CO2 into fuels. A photoelectrode was created, covered with a layer graphene. Graphene has been widely promoted as a material that can generate charge carriers and capture solar energy. They then convert water and carbon dioxide into methane, Carbon monoxide and Formic Acid.

Carbon Dioxide into Hydrocarbons

The latest evidence that many environmental initiatives are working to find new ways to utilize carbon dioxide is this. Even the Paris Agreement is aiming to do so. The momentum continues to grow, which could lead to more technological breakthroughs. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, along with the University of Southern California, announced earlier this year that they had created a catalyst that could make hydrogenation – a cheaper process than the conversion of hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide.

Nanotechnology and Molybdenum-Carbide Catalyst

The nanotechnology used by their catalyst allows them to add molybdenum carbon nanoparticles. Molybdenum-carbon carbide, a metal and carbon complex, has a variety of uses, such as the conversion of CO2 into carbon monoxide to produce chemicals and the conversion of hydrocarbons. Cost is an important factor in any project that aims to use carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon capture technology for instance is costly. Many people think this technology is not affordable, and that it cannot be used to solve the global emission problems.

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