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Curious: Atmospheric carbon dioxide used to make super capacitors

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From Oregon State University comes this odd bit of news. Once you get past the rhetoric of the opening lines, it is rather interesting.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that’s causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products.

This innovation in nanotechnology won’t soak up enough carbon to solve global warming, researchers say. However, it will provide an environmentally friendly, low-cost way to make nanoporous graphene for use in “supercapacitors” – devices that can store energy and release it rapidly.

Electric_double-layer_capacitor_(Activated_carbon_electrode_-_Tube_type) Schematic construction of a wound supercapacitor 1.Terminals, 2.Safety vent, 3.Sealing disc, 4.Aluminum can, 5.Positive pole, 6.Separator, 7.Carbon electrode, 8.Collector, 9.Carbon electrode, 10.Negative pole Image: Wikipedia

Such devices are used in everything from heavy industry to consumer electronics.

The findings were…

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