This article first appeared at The Conversation.
Read the original article:The world’s first photo-processing factory has opened in northern Italy, making it the first country in the world to be able to make photocats from CO2.
The plant, located in the northern town of Anthraquinine, produces photocatacats from the CO 2 released during photosynthesis and can convert it into an electrochemical photocat, or photocat.
The facility is part of the International Photonic Center (IPC) and is operated by Italian chemical and engineering company Cinegen.
The lab’s director, Luca Marotta, told Reuters that the company plans to create a large-scale photocat production facility in Italy, and is currently building a second facility in Switzerland.
The photocat is made from carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), which is released during sunlight and converted into an organic molecule called an amorphous carbon (AAC).
The AAC is then processed by a photochemical reaction to produce photocatatic compounds.
The production process involves a process that takes about 1.2 minutes, or less than one-third the time it takes to make the CO2 photocat from sunlight.
The production process at the facility uses water and carbon dioxide as catalysts to convert the CO 3 into CO 2 amorphs.
The process then uses electricity to generate electrical energy that can be converted into CO 3 by catalyzing the conversion of the amorphic molecules with a process called photoelectrolysis.
Cinegen is also working on a system that can produce photocats of CO 2 from water and sunlight.
This technology could allow the production of high-efficiency photocatats that can potentially cut costs in phototherapeutic processes.
The company says that this new technology could be applied to industrial and commercial photovoltaic solar cells, which can be made from solar water, or even CO 2 produced from sunlight that is converted into organic molecules such as carbon dioxide.
“The production of CO2-powered photocatters is an example of how this technology can be applied across a wide range of applications,” said Marotta.
“Our team at Cinegon has created a new system to produce a wide variety of photocatals, using water and water-soluble organic molecules, which could help solve some of the world’s toughest problems, including the problem of COX-2 production.”