it’s a gas

The Environment

Huge floating solar, methanol islands on the ocean could produce enough energy to enable CO2-neutral global freight traffic, says a group of researchers.

The idea comes from researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute, Empa, the Universities of Zurich and Bern and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The islands could be set up in the middle of the ocean to use hydrogen produced from solar energy (and water) and convert it into methanol using CO2 extracted from the seawater. Liquid methanol and gaseous methane could then be produced from carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Read on.