Chemical Transformation of Carbon Dioxide via Solar-Powered Artificial Photosynthesis

McGill University

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Montreal, QC

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The CO2 transformation system designed by McGill University represents a completely new approach to carbon capture.

The project uses techniques similar to natural photosynthesis occurring in nature. Using direct sunlight, a technology that was developed for solid-state LED lighting converts CO2 and non-potable water into commercially valuable chemicals, including methane (CH4), hydrogen (H2), oxygen (O2), and methanol (CH3Oh). The photocatalyst enables an ultra-high conversion efficiency and presents an elegant closed-loop solution for CO2 and wastewater.