Carbon dioxide, as a feedstock, is a potentially valuable commodity for future chemicals manufacturing. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), for example, has developed a robust list of potential uses and products starting with CO2 as a feedstock (Figure 1). With over 40 billion tons of CO2 emitted annually, effective offsets to CO2 emissions will require a host of technological solutions applied in parallel. As efforts continue in the development of capture and utilization of CO2 from anthropomorphic sources, it is clear that no one solution provides the ‘silver bullet’ in mitigating rising atmospheric CO2.
It is well publicized that the key to cost effective carbon mitigation is the need for a cost-effective carbon capture technology. Yet only a few efforts continue that provide a scalable, economic solution to carbon capture and therefore, very few solutions exist that can service a wide variety of carbon conversion\utilization solutions.