Existing & Potential CO2 Re-Use: Exploring the Evolving Field

A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).

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Dear Colleagues,

The rapid consumption of fossil fuels for anthropogenic activities, and the slow formation of fossil fuels, are imbalanced. A shared idea is that a method for counteracting the imbalance of the carbon cycle should involve CO2 utilization and conversion.

Several scientists are proposing carbon dioxide utilization for closing the carbon cycle, but there is no evidence that this option is always the most convenient path. More efforts are required in order to have more information for assessing all the possible ways to use CO2 as a sustainable resource. The anthropogenic emission of CO2 can be reduced with promising capture technologies and the choices for CO2 conversion are broad. CO2 can be converted into fuels, polymers, pharmaceuticals, building material, etc. Novel method for CO2 reduction are possible, and it can be used in artificial photosynthesis, electrochemical processes, selective hydrogenation, and hydrothermal processes.

The Special Issue of Resources aims to present detailed results of cutting-edge research in the fields of carbon capture, utilization and storage, including CO2 conversion to chemicals and fuels. The detailed results available from this journal are thought to be useful for researchers that will assess the net impacts of a CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) process, which can be obtained with life cycle analysis (LCA) of each specific CCU product and process. Thus, papers that include rigorous and transparent LCA are preferred.

Dr. Davide Bonalumi
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  • Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage
  • CO2 reduction
  • CO2 Conversion
  • Carbon dioxide fixation
  • Value-added chemicals
  • Biomass
  • Mineralization
  • LCA
  • CCU
  • CO2 Capture and Utilization

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Analysis of the German Industry to Determine the Resource Potential of CO2 Emissions for PtX Applications in 2017 and 2050
by Tjerk Zitscher, Ulf Neuling, Antoine Habersetzer and Martin Kaltschmitt
Resources 2020, 9(12), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/resources9120149 - 17 Dec 2020
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The production and use of crude oil-based materials, e.g., fossil fuels and bulk chemicals of organic origin, results in an increasing level of CO2 emissions within the atmosphere. One way to reduce such CO2 emissions is to substitute them with synthetic [...] Read more.
The production and use of crude oil-based materials, e.g., fossil fuels and bulk chemicals of organic origin, results in an increasing level of CO2 emissions within the atmosphere. One way to reduce such CO2 emissions is to substitute them with synthetic fuels and bulk chemicals. For the production of such CO2 neutral materials, CO2 from various sources can serve as a carbon source. Against this background, this paper analyses and quantifies CO2 emissions released from German industry branches today (2017) and potentially in the future (2050) after a complete defossilization has been achieved. Thus, for the classification of CO2 emissions from the respective industries in 2050, alternative techniques and manufacturing processes are analyzed that might lead to a reduction in energy- and process-related CO2 emissions. Additionally, the individual production sites of the analyzed industries are determined at postcode level and a CO2 potential on NUTS3 level has been developed. Based on this, two scenarios for future CO2 emissions are developed. This shows that, in 2017, the analyzed German industrial sectors emitted almost 143 Mt CO2. By 2050, the overall emissions can be decreased by about 77 Mt to 117 Mt CO2 depending on the implementation level of alternative technologies. Full article
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