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1. (WO2010118133) RENDERING NATURAL GAS AS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY CARBON DIOXIDE NEUTRAL FUEL AND A REGENERATIVE CARBON SOURCE

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/118133    International Application No.:    PCT/US2010/030237
Publication Date: Fri Oct 15 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Thu Apr 08 01:59:59 CEST 2010
IPC: C07C 29/151
C07C 41/09
C10L 1/02
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
OLAH, George, A.
PRAKASH, G.K. Surya
Inventors: OLAH, George, A.
PRAKASH, G.K. Surya
Title: RENDERING NATURAL GAS AS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY CARBON DIOXIDE NEUTRAL FUEL AND A REGENERATIVE CARBON SOURCE
Abstract:
The invention provides a method for rendering natural gas as an environmentally essentially carbon dioxide-neutral fuel. Carbon dioxide produced from natural gas combustion or from natural gas wells is captured, purified, combined with natural gas or methane or with hydrogen, and reacted under reaction conditions sufficient to form methanol and/or dimethyl ether, which can be used as fuel or feedstock for derived synthetic hydrocarbons and products.