Optimization of Carbon Neutral Production of Methanol Via Direct Air Capture; The Effects of Climate Change on the Coffee Production Industry and Life in the Western World

Williams, Cameron, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Anderson, Eric, Chem Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Foley, Rider, Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Climate change is one of the greatest threats of this generation due to its potential to affect humans and the environment globally. The majority of scientists agree that climate change is caused by human activities that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere such as oil production, transportation, and chemical production. This thesis proposes the development of a direct air capture facility that uses the captured carbon dioxide to produce methanol for industry use. While creating an essential product for the chemical industry, this facility would be primarily using carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus helping to reverse climate change caused by pollution. Every civilization that has ever or will ever exist on this planet, relies on the climate to survive. Reversing the effects of climate change is essential to our survival as a species.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
climate change, methanol, direct air capture, dac
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