257-11 A New Paradigm for the BioSynthesis and Sequestration of CO2

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Tuesday, 7 October 2008: 4:15 PM
George R. Brown Convention Center, 310BE

Charles Deichman, Shelbyville, MO
A simple alternative methodology, sequentially designed to enable the capture and conversion of some of planet earth's currently unused atmospheric CO2, into clean, renewable, liquid automotive fuels that fit the existing automotive fueling delivery infrastructure; will be proposed.

Relying on existing bench scale, performance data, (Deichman and Nelson, 2007 International Annual ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meetings) the full deployment of this 360 degree paradigm can produce, another 30 billion annual gallons of anhydrous equivalent alcohol fuels in the U.S., from this, additionally captured CO2.

If we add this 30 billion gallons, to the current state of the art corn production / ethanol production capability and the potential of cellulosic ethanol, we can envision a significant reduction of the fossil fuels required by the spark ignition internal combustion engine automotive fleet. If we choose to prioritize energy co-products; clean substitutes for diesel fuel, glycerol and methane to power electric generators may, also, be produced.

A majority of the CO2 not synthesized into biofuel would be naturally sequestered in the soil.

The biosynthesis and sequestration of this additionally captured CO2, via above paradigm, would compliment and add to existing automotive fuel supplies, enabling a significant reduction of our reliance on non-renewable crude oil (and its assault on planet earth's carbon cycle). All fuels produced are consistent with a more balanced carbon cycle. i.e. The removal of more CO2 from our atmosphere benefits our environment and replacing carbon intensive fossil fuel with the nearly carbon neutral biofuels generated by this new paradigm, benefits planet earth's environment.

Benefits to our soil and water resources will, also, be identified.

It positively addresses the food vs fuel controversy by not diverting any of our current food energy or crop acres into fuel energy.

Subsequent research needs will be identified, specifics will be addressed and preliminary parameters offered.

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