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Thread: Converting waste CO2 into ethanol at Oak Ridge

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2003

    Converting waste CO2 into ethanol at Oak Ridge

    Did anyone else see this? Pretty amazing if they can scale it up. Think of the application in a brewery!
    Linus Hall
    Yazoo Brewing
    Nashville, TN

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Enterprise, Oregon
    No more fermentation?
    Timm Turrentine

    Terminal Gravity Brewing,
    Enterprise. Oregon.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    San Francisco, CA

    supply and demand for CO2

    My guess would be a spike (heh) in price of bulk CO2. If CO2 is now an ingredient instead of a waste product, and can be used to produce fuel, that would probably drive the price of a lb of CO2 higher due to increased demand.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Chesterfield, UK
    Ah well. it might allow cheaper brewing materials if they don't have to waste valuable barley growing ground on wheat for conversion to alcohol for fuel etc. (pigs fly as well) I doubt if it would be acceptable flavour wise for gin or vodka either - but who knows ?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    monmouth, IL USA

    the science of it all

    It is a process similar to electrolysis of water to produce O2 and H2. My guess is that the economic limiter is energy(electricity)in. With atmospheric CO2 being available for free it unlikely this would effect the availability or cost of brewing CO2.


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