Ford has Found a Way to Turn Carbon Dioxide into Car Parts

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We know Ford is big about recycling the aluminum that it uses to make F-150s. It turns a useful solid into a useful solid. What can it do with a byproduct of industrial activities, a climate-changing gas such as carbon dioxide, though?

You guessed it: Turn it into a useful solid. Ford does that by using a conversion process modeled after photosynthesis, the way in which plants turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into a form of sugar. Ford combines that sugar with additives to create polymer foam, which can be used in plastics for seats, cup holders, underhood components, etc. Even better news: The Blue Oval’s method reduces its use of petroleum-based products, shrinking its carbon footprint even more.

Here’s the bad news: This way of recycling carbon dioxide into car parts isn’t currently in practice. Ford is aiming to use it in production in the next five years.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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