Mixing bacteria and electricity to produce fuel from CO2

Electro-bioreactor and solar panel

Experimental setup of electro-bioreactor and solar panel (Credit: Image courtesy of University of California - Los Angeles)

Imagine being able to use electricity to power your car — even if it’s not an electric vehicle. Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have for the first time demonstrated a method for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity.

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