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Scientists Unveil Least Costly Carbon Capture System to Date

Brendan Bane of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory writes about a new breakthrough in carbon capture.

The C3 Take
  • The carbon capture solution uses a solvent to capture CO2 from power plant flue gas.
  • The captured CO2 is then taken to a reactor where it is converted into methanol, one of the most widely used industrial chemicals on earth.
  • From there the methanol can be used to make products like polymers and plastics.
  • This system incorporates fewer steps than other carbon capture methods, making it the most affordable option available.

“Deploying this technology will reduce emissions, said Heldebrant. But it could also help stir the development of other carbon capture technology and establish a market for CO2-containing materials. With such a market in place, carbon seized by anticipated direct air capture technologies could be better reconstituted into longer-lived materials.”

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