Green methanol, an alternative to CO2 pipelines?


Carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines are becoming an extremely contentious issue across the farmlands of the United States. The ire of many farmers is being raised by the prospect of companies surveying their land and invoking eminent domain to gain access to the lands of unwilling farmers.

Even when they are remunerated, many farmers fear the impact the pipeline may have in terms of lower yields and disrupted water drainage.

Recently an alternative to gas pipelines is being introduced, one that, as a side benefit, will utilise the CO2 in a profitable way.

A company named CapCO2 is marketing a system to capture CO2 from ethanol plants, combine it with hydrogen and turn it into green methanol, which is produced by renewables without emissions.

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