Inside the new carbon economy

October 26, 2019 by  
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We need to remove carbon from the air to avert disastrous impacts of climate change — good thing there’s money to be made from carbon removal.

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Valser is using carbon capture technology to carbonate its beverages

December 28, 2018 by  
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Valser, a Coca-Cola-owned brand of sparkling water based in Switzerland, is embracing new climate capture technology. Coca-Cola HBC Switzerland (the bottling plant that makes Valser) has partnered with Climeworks, a pioneering company that captures carbon dioxide, to use the new technology to carbonate its water . Climeworks has already partnered with a greenhouse that uses CO2 to help plants grow faster, and since the beverage industry is one of the only existing markets that uses carbon dioxide , it seemed like the natural next step. But, the technology won’t stop there. Christoph Gebald, co-founder and director of Climeworks, says that other applications are coming, including making carbon-neutral fuel or concrete to make plastic , shoes and fish feed. But, it’s the greenhouse and beverage industries that use carbon dioxide on a large scale, and this is how Climeworks hopes to scale up its technology. At Climeworks plants, the company uses its one-of-a-kind  technology to capture CO2 inside shipping containers by pulling air inside of them and then processing it through filters — working almost like an incredibly powerful tree. When a filter gets full, the team heats the collector and release the gas in a pure form so it can be injected into deep underground storage. Related: Google Street View cars will map air pollution in cities worldwide The amount of carbon dioxide in the air is higher than it has been for millennia (about 400,000 years to be exact), and this new process from Climeworks will help address this problem. But, putting the CO2 into beverages instead of underground still allows the fizz to come out when you open the bottle. To help impact climate change , the amount of carbon dioxide we need to remove from the air could be around 10 billion tons per year — according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — and the global food and beverage industry produces about 6 million tons annually. So there is still a long way to go. “The beverage industry is really the bridge from today — no existing market — to enabling us to further work down our cost curve and industrialize the technology,” says Gebald. “It’s really the missing bridge between startups and, one day, climate-relevant scale to remove carbon from the air.” Sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is currently a more expensive option than resorting to other sources, but it does make sense for some locations. Once the technology becomes cheaper, it will become a more attractive option for other businesses. Via Fast Company Images via ExplorerBob

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All natural? These fracking byproducts could fight water scarcity

July 19, 2018 by  
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Harnessing natural gas to harvest freshwater from the air might solve two big problems at once.

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Towards a carbon rebalancing act

August 9, 2016 by  
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If the world is to prevent global temperatures from rising another 2 degrees Celsius, we will need to remove some carbon from the air. Here are some promising innovative attempts to do so.

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Why big oil needs to integrate — or disintegrate

August 9, 2016 by  
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The “supermajors” will have to make some drastic financial changes if they don’t want go the way of the dinosaur.

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Bernhard Lang’s aerial photographs give a whole new perspective on the humble day at the beach

September 28, 2015 by  
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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

October 7, 2013 by  
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French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered solely by a tube filled with glowing green algae . The lamp uses the energy created by the algae’s own photosynthesis process to power the light within, while the algae itself lives on CO2 in the air outside. Read the rest of Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , algae lamp , carbon-absorbing algae , CO2 emissions , eco-friendly lighting , electricity-free lamp , microalgae , photosynthesis , Pierre Calleja        

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Capturing carbon from the air to help solve the climate crisis

April 1, 2012 by  
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Author, blogger and GreenBiz Senior Writer Marc Gunther talks about how this form of geoengineering could be a game-changer in efforts to prevent widespread climate disaster — the subject of his e-book "Suck It Up."  

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Harvard Professor Builds Carbon-Sucking Machine

September 22, 2011 by  
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Harvard applied physics professor David Keith is building a machine that can suck carbon dioxide from the air.  Keith has started a company called Carbon Engineering that has attracted venture capitalists that see a future for this technology. The machine uses a three-step process to filter the air and separate and sequester the carbon dioxide.  First, a fan sucks air into the machine where it enters a 31-foot-long chamber filled with wavy plastic material.  A sodium hydroxide solution runs down that plastic and reacts with the CO2 to pull it out of the air and turn it into carbonate solids.  Those solids then go into a 900 degree Celsius kiln where they’re broken down and become a stream of pure CO2.  That pure CO2 is then capture where it can go on to be stored underground or used for other purposes. The machine reuses ash left behind in the kiln to regenerate the sodium hydroxide solution and the process continues. Of course the removal of the CO2 from the air is never the tricky part of these projects, rather it’s what is done with the captured CO2 that leaves people feeling unsure.  The permanence of underground storage is still untested. But the potential for the technology has generated some interest.  Bill Gates and other billionaire investors have given money to Keith’s project and Keith himself hopes that it can be scaled up to a size that could actually make a positive impact on the environment. via NPR    

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Rick Perry Amps Up Aerial Hunting of Destructive Wild Hogs

September 7, 2011 by  
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Now add a helicopter to the mix. Photo: miatamaniac92 under a Creative Commons license . Yesterday, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law a bill legalizing the hunting of feral wild hogs from helicopters. The arguments for the law are simple: the state’s 2 million hogs are over-populating and cause $400 million in damage to crops annually, and it’s a lot easier to hunt them down from the air. The hogs can weigh up to 400 pounds and run at 35 mph, advantages wiped out by an automatic rifle and a low-flyi… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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