NSF vision on CO2 recycling
Success in the realm of CO2 recycling depends on the ability to demonstrate economically favorable processes and products based on its reuse. Although there are some cases for which commercialization details and economics are in hand, these are too few in number to highlight CO2 recycling as a major cornerstone in sustainability science. More cases are needed.
The foundations for these new potential processes and products will no doubt require new science discoveries, and will further require problem-solving in the development and commercialization stages. Industry will play a major role in these latter efforts. Government funding is crucial to delivering the foundational science to support these new processes. In the United States, this fundamental science is most frequently done at universities and is funded by the National Science Foundation. Funding is possible through the standing Program areas, and may also arise through special solicitations. An overview of efforts and status at the U.S. National Science Foundation for funding projects in CO2 Recycling will be presented. Some views of the status at the other U.S. funding Agencies will be presented to provide a snapshot of the current U.S. support for the area.
It will therefore provide useful perspectives to the community of scientists and entrepreneurs dedicated to CO2 revalorization. It will also provide space for questions, discussions and recommendations that could improve policy decisions in favour of the revalorization solutions.