With atmospheric carbon soaring over 400 ppm earlier this year, many have redoubled their search for a viable way to capture and store emissions. Many of these schemes have involved buying the carbon emissions underground, but this puts us at risk for a whole host of other problems, and there’s no certainty that the sequestration would be permanent.
A new project out of the UK promises to forever revolutionize the way we approach carbon capture and storage. A research team comprised of members from the University of Newcastle in Australia, the Orica chemical company, and carbon innovation company GreenMag Group claims to have discovered a way to transform the captured CO2 emissions into carbonate rock ‘bricks’ for use in the construction industry.
Satisfied with early results in the lab, the team will now test this new method for permanently and safely storing carbon emissions in a $9 million mineral carbonation research pilot plant to be built at the University of Newcastle. The plant will use CO2 captured at Orica’s nearby Kooragang Island manufacturing facility in Newcastle.
A great reminder that brand-new tools are constantly popping up!