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Carbon Capture

Capturing and storing carbon dioxide

World’s First Carbon Capture Power Plant Opens But …

Written by , on October 2, 2014

The world’s first coal-fired power plant with carbon capture and storage has been opened in Saskatchewan, Canada, but the value of the demonstration is being seriously questioned by environmentalists.  Read more »

Recycling Carbon Dioxide Using Gold Nanoparticles

Written by , on March 10, 2014

By using gold nanoparticles of just the right size, researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island have developed a catalyst that selectively converts carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide which can be used to make alternative fuels and useful chemicals. The scientists already knew that cabon dioxide can be converted into carbon monoixde by the presence […]  Read more »

Jet Fuel from Seawater

Written by , on December 15, 2013

The US Navy is developing a technology that it expects will allow it to produce jet fuel out of seawater. Carbon is abundant in seawater, with the concentration in the ocean being about 140 times greater than in air. Most of the carbon is in the form of bicarbonates with about 1% being carbonates. The […]  Read more »

Carbon Capture and Storage 2.0?

Written by , on October 16, 2013

The Global CCS Institute, which is based in Canberra, has reported that since its previous survey a year ago, five carbon capture and storage projects have been canceled, one reduced in size and seven postponed, while three have been added. The leader in capture and storage is the United States – mostly because of the […]  Read more »

Biochar Less Useful Than Thought

Written by , on July 5, 2013

Biochar has been regarded as a possible way of reducing atmospheric carbon by locking it up in the soil for a very long time. But a new study suggests that it may not be nearly as effective as previously thought. Biochar is charcoal produced from biomass. It is a high-carbon, fine-grained residue which can be […]  Read more »

Technique Could Sequester CO2, Produce H2 and Reduce Ocean Acid

Written by , on June 13, 2013

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have demonstrated a new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide while generating carbon-negative hydrogen and producing alkalinity, which could be used to offset ocean acidification. The team has demonstrated that, when saline water is electrolysed to produce hydrogen fuel and other gases, the acidity […]  Read more »

Fuel from CO2 in the Atmosphere

Written by , on March 27, 2013

Researchers at the University of Georgia say that they have found a way to take the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it to make useful industrial products, potentially including liquid fuels. The process uses a unique microorganism called a "rushing fireball" (Pyrococcus furiosus) which thrives by feeding on carbohydrates in the super-heated ocean […]  Read more »

New Material Captures CO2 & Releases in Sunlight

Written by , on February 13, 2013

Scientists at Australia's Monash University and CSIRO have created a powerful and cost-effective new tool to capture, store and potentially recycle, carbon dioxide using a novel class of materials called photosensitive metal organic frameworks. Metal organic frameworks are clusters of metal atoms connected by organic molecules. Due to their extremely high internal surface area, they […]  Read more »

Carbon Capture Using Nickel Catalyst

Written by , on February 6, 2013

Researchers at Newcastle University, UK, have discovered that, in the presence of a nickel catalyst, carbon dioxide can be converted rapidly and cheaply into the harmless, solid mineral, calcium carbonate. The discovery came by chance when physicists at the University set out to study what happens when CO2 reacts with water. Needing a catalyst to […]  Read more »

New Material Captures Carbon Dioxide

Written by , on November 14, 2012

A team of researchers, led by Professor Paul Webley, at Australia's Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, based at the University of Melbourne, have developed a novel method of capturing carbon dioxide that reduces the cost of separating and storing the gas. The team has developed a new type of molecular sieve that allows […]  Read more »