Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a solar-powered reactor that can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial processes or directly from the atmosphere into clean and sustainable fuels. The reactor utilizes captured CO2 and plastic waste as a catalyst, transforming them into valuable fuels and chemicals. The team successfully converted CO2 into syngas, a key component for sustainable liquid fuels, and plastic bottles into glycolic acid. The researchers believe that “carbon capture and utilization” is a more intelligent approach than traditional carbon capture and storage, as it transforms CO2 into useful products. The technology is still in the experimental stage but offers a promising alternative to environmentally harmful practices.