New Synthetic Plant to Recycle CO2
Climate activism is becoming a popular part of the political scene. In the last few months, a series of protests has sprung up, which are expected to grow.
The latest comes from a group of US scientists and engineers, who are trying to make use of the excess CO2 that would otherwise be harming the environment. They plan to turn it into hydrogen fuel, using a technique called thermal carbonation.
This will be the first time in human history, when a group of people have control over the majority of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, while an elected official, or a public representative sits in the background. The aim of the group, called Carbon Pairs, is to use the excess CO2 to produce hydrogen fuel.
The idea is to capture the carbon dioxide from the air, using a carbon dioxide capture plant. Once carbon dioxide has been removed from the air, the group will be able to use the carbon dioxide to produce hydrogen fuel.
Carbon Pairs is a non-governmental organization, which has secured a grant from the US Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office to work on the technology. Michael Woodhouse, the director of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, is convinced that the technology is the way forward.
But Woodhouse believes that the technology is still lacking the regulatory framework to make it to the market. Meanwhile, the technology is not viable without a lot more research.
As of August, the group had secured just $10 million from investors, but hopes to raise the funds to build a fully functioning prototype by the end of the year, Woodhouse said.
The guys at Carbon Pairs believe that their technology is more than just a proof-of-concept, and that it could actually work.
The group’s technology is a version of a 20th century process called carbon dioxide splitting. A plant called a “condenser” will be added to the air, which will make the carbon dioxide molecules move.
The plant’s existence will act as a kind of catalyst, which allows the molecules to split.
The group’s technology is still in its early stages, but they’re convinced that it’s the way forward. “We’re working on it,” Woodhouse said.