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New technology recycles pollutants into versatile commodities

Rick Kazmer of The Cooldown reports on a technology that turns air pollution into products.

The C3 Take
  • The Emissions Capture Company (ECCO) has implemented a carbon-capture system called WhiteBox at a Nestlé plant in Pretoria, South Africa, which turns harmful emissions into useful products like baking soda.
  • ECCO’s technology integrates with existing infrastructure, uses artificial intelligence for data analysis, and captures various air pollutants beyond just carbon dioxide, including sulfur dioxide, mercury, and particulate matter.
  • The company is expanding its operations, with plans to deploy eight plants in the U.S. within seven years, starting with a project in Houston, and is developing new technologies like “AmmoniaBox” to further enhance its waste-to-product capabilities.

“‘The process produces ammonia from ambient temperature and pressure using wave chemistry and plasma. The integration of the A-Box and WhiteBox enables the desulphurization of energy transition metals like copper and nickel, without the need for water or limestone, and the resulting ‘waste stream’ from the process is then converted into fertilizer,’ he said.”

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