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dc.contributor.authorMazzone, Valerio
dc.contributor.authorBonifazi, Marcella
dc.contributor.authorAegerter, Christof M.
dc.contributor.authorCruz, Aluizio M.
dc.contributor.authorFratalocchi, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-13T11:13:37Z
dc.date.available2021-09-13T11:13:37Z
dc.date.issued2021-09-12
dc.date.submitted2021-07-07
dc.identifier.citationMazzone, V., Bonifazi, M., Aegerter, C. M., Cruz, A. M., & Fratalocchi, A. (2021). Clean Carbon Cycle via High-Performing and Low-Cost Solar-Driven Production of Freshwater. Advanced Sustainable Systems, 202100217. doi:10.1002/adsu.202100217
dc.identifier.issn2366-7486
dc.identifier.issn2366-7486
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/adsu.202100217
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/adsu.202170027
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/671192
dc.description.abstractWhile renewable power available worldwide costs increasingly less than the least expensive option based on fossil fuels, countries continue to increase their coal-fired capacity, which should conversely fall by 80% within a decade to limit global warming effects. To address the challenges to the implementation of such an aim, here, a path is explored that leverages on a previously unrecognized aspect of coal, opening to a new solar-driven carbon cycle that is environmentally friendly. By engineering the porosity matrix of coal into a suitably designed compressed volumetric structure, and by coupling it with a network of cotton fibers, it is possible to create a record performing device for freshwater production, with a desalination rate per raw material cost evaluated at 1.39 kg h −1 $ −1 at one sun intensity. This value is between two and three times higher than any other solar desalination device proposed to date. These results could envision a clean and socially sustainable cycle for carbon materials that, while enabling an enhanced water economy with global access to freshwater and sanitation, poses zero risks of reinjecting 𝐶𝑂2 into the environment through competing economies in the fossil's market.
dc.description.sponsorshipV.M. and M.B. contributed equally to this work. The authors acknowledge the financial support of PERA Complexity and the advisory support of co-founder Quelita Moreno. The authors acknowledge the support of the mechanical workshop of the Physics Department at University of Zurich (UZH) and of Prof. David Tilley and all the members of his research group at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Zurich (UZH).
dc.publisherWiley
dc.relation.urlhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adsu.202100217
dc.rightsThis is an open access article under the terms of the Crea-tive Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleClean Carbon Cycle via High-Performing and Low-Cost Solar-Driven Production of Freshwater
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical and Computer Engineering Program
dc.contributor.departmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
dc.identifier.journalAdvanced Sustainable Systems
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dc.contributor.institutionPhysik-Institut University of Zürich Winterthurerstrasse 190 Zürich 8057 Switzerland
dc.contributor.institutionPERA Complexity, B.V. (Processes for Evolutionary Complexity Research and Applications) Hoogoorddreef 15 Amsterdam 1101 BA The Netherlands
dc.identifier.pages202100217
kaust.personFratalocchi, Andrea
dc.date.accepted2021-08-11
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-13T11:29:15Z


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