Chemical Transformation of Carbon Dioxide via Solar-Powered Artificial Photosynthesis

McGill University

  • Project Type

    Research & Development

  • Project Value

    $500,000

  • Project Status

    Complete

  • Location

    Canada

  • Funding Amount

    $500,000

The CO2 transformation system designed by McGill University represents a completely new approach to carbon capture.

The project uses techniques similar to natural photosynthesis occurring in nature. Using direct sunlight, a technology that was developed for solid-state LED lighting converts CO2 and non-potable water into commercially valuable chemicals, including methane (CH4), hydrogen (H2), oxygen (O2), and methanol (CH3Oh). The photocatalyst enables an ultra-high conversion efficiency and presents an elegant closed-loop solution for CO2 and wastewater.