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Carbon capture

Solar Cell Produces Fuel from CO2 and Sunlight

Written by , on August 5, 2016

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.  Read more »

Turning Carbon Dioxide into a Replacement for Concrete

Written by , on March 15, 2016

A team of researchers at UCLA are developing process which would use captured carbon dioxide to make a new building material to replace concrete.  Read more »

Scientists Claim Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis

Written by , on November 30, 2015

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have development of a system that mimics the natural photosynthetic process by which plants use the energy in sunlight to synthesize carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. The artificial system can capture carbon dioxide emissions and convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products, including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and liquid fuels.  Read more »

Plant Removes CO2 from the Air

Written by , on October 12, 2015

A Canadian company has designed and built a pilot “air capture plant” which extracts carbon dioxde from the air in order to reduce atmospheric CO2, particularly the 60% of emissions that do not come from point sources such as power plants.  Read more »

Swamps Store Much More Carbon than Forests

Written by , on March 10, 2015

Freshwater wetlands could be up to 50 times more effective at storing carbon than rainforests. These wetlands have the potential to capture and store carbon for hundreds of years.  Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »