Carbon Sciences Inc. is developing a breakthrough, patent pending carbon dioxide-based gas-to-liquids technology to transform greenhouses gases into liquid fuels such as gasoline and other fuels. The company announced on August 9, 2010 the successful synthesis of a proprietary raw catalyst which is a major and essential step toward demonstrating commercial feasibility of the technology.
The gas-to-liquids (GTL) process is a complimentary refinery process that converts natural gas and other gaseous hydrocarbons into “longer-chain” hydrocarbons such as gasoline. The major challenge in carbon dioxide-based gas-to-liquids reactions is the activation of stable carbon dioxide and methane molecules. Carbon Sciences’ novel and proprietary catalyst provides a simpler and cleaner route by activating these stable molecules and converting them to gasoline.
Gas-to-liquid reactions are regulated through temperature, concentration, pressure and contact time. The company’s catalyst accelerates these reactions, enabling them to be carried out under the most favorable thermodynamic regime and at much lower temperature and pressure.
A fully active and stable catalyst will be key to the success of Carbon Sciences’ breakthrough technology. The CEO of the company, Byron Elton, said “Our catalyst, in conjunction with an optimized reactor and total plant design, will be the key factors in reducing both the capital and operating costs of our next generation GTL technology.”
Carbon Sciences estimates that they can produce 138 billion gallons of gasoline a year (the amount used in the US annually) with 23 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 586 million tons of carbon dioxide without using crude oil or competing with current natural gas consumption. The exciting news of this breakthrough pushed the stock price up significantly today and it is among the most actively traded stocks in the OTCBB market. For more information on Carbon Sciences, please visit their website at www.carbonsciences.com.