Climate Change: Cleaning Up Carbon Dioxide

We can attempt to protect ourselves from the effects of climate change, but we still have to address the future effects of climate change. Cutting emissions will help not make the situation worse; however, it does not significantly improve the situation. Even if emissions were cut to zero, we would still have to deal with the effects of climate change for the thousands of years. With this said, we do not have to wait for the carbon in the atmosphere to dissipate to recover from the effects of climate change, instead we should begin to filter the carbon dioxide out of the air.

One example of a CO2 filter is Climework’s CO2 collector. The collector has the ability to filter CO2 out of the air around it with the use of a sponge like filter. After roughly three hours of running, the filter becomes saturated with CO2. At which point the collector seals itself, and heats the contents to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, thus separating pure carbon dioxide from anything else the filters may have collected. Pure CO2 can be sold or stored, at relatively low cost, for commercial uses. Carbon Dioxide is used to control in reactor maintenance to control temperature, in refrigeration, in water treatment, in fire extinguishers, in food products, and in pharmaceuticals. In short, Climework’s CO2 collector recycles the carbon dioxide already on the environment by removing it from the air and making it available for other use.

The following is an image of the Climework’s CO2 collector:

A different approach to removing carbon from the environment involves technology that uses The Origen Power Process. The Origen Power Process makes uses of natural gas to create electricity. However, only half of the chemical energy from the natural gas is used to create electricity; the other half of the energy is used to breakdown limestone into lime. In addition to electricity and lime, the process also creates pure CO2 that could be used like discussed earlier. Normally using natural gas to generate electricity creates more CO2. The overall process of Origen Power actually has a net removal of CO2 from the air; so while it may be creating pure CO2, it is removing more CO2 than it creates. Moreover, lime can be used remove additional CO2 from the environment. For example, since lime acts a neutralizer, it can be used in bodies of water to lower acidity level because of too much CO2 in the water. Therefore, lime has the potential to protect aquatic life, but also combat acid rain and the damage caused by acid rain. Overall, The Origen Power Process creates four products, lime, a CO2 filter, pure CO2, electricity, and removal of CO2 form the environment.

The following is a video of The Origen Power Process explained by Tim Kruger:

As a result of pure CO2 production from the use of the Climework’s CO2 collector, and The Origen Power Process, I would imagine there would be an abundance of pure CO2. Moreover, we have been “pumping” CO2 into the environment for decades upon decades so if we were to “recycle” any fraction of that amount of CO2, there most definitely would be a surplus of pure CO2. Yes, there are the previously mentioned uses for CO2, but there would still be an abundance. With this said, a development team in China, the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences, have created a process to take surplus CO2 and turn it into clean fuel. In short, by running an electrical current through a microscopic layer of cobalt surrounded by CO2, the CO2 becomes CHOO, also known as formate. Formate has the potential to be used as a clean fuel source; however, currently not enough data has been collected to get the most energy out of formate, but experiment continue.

It is important to keep in mind that all the process mentioned, while useful to some extent, only work well with plans of cutting emissions; the same can be said vice versa. Measure still need to be taken to protect ourselves now from the effects of climate change, but not preparing for the future is what caused the current mess.


One Response to Climate Change: Cleaning Up Carbon Dioxide

  1. Joseph DeAntonio April 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    First, I’d like to admit that although not knowing much about climate change, I sadly did believe that cleaning the environment would quickly reverse the effects we’ve had on the planet. It seems, today, that there is a large portion of the world that is disappointed in the way we have been treating it. The difficulty lies in taking the energy and resources in focusing on what we are doing wrong and how we can fix it. Most of these ideas are simple and easy to understand, but some like the CO2 collector from Climework, seem to be intensified. In my opinion that’s exactly what we need; major environmental changes for the better.
    The next most difficult aspect of cleaning our planet from pollution damages is the ability to work together. It doesn’t matter the nationality or race one is apart of, at the end of the day we all share the same planet. Many Americans are sheltered from the outside world. We live in a country that ships our problems including trash elsewhere or we just dig a big hole and fill it with garbage. In India, the Ganges River is one of the most religious and influential geographic aspects of the country. People bath in it, drink from it and clean their belongings with it meanwhile almost seventy million gallons of untreated sewage drains into this river daily.
    Some might say, “well that’s India’s problem” but unfortunately it’s not. All water is connected on earth; it flows through underground reservoirs or through rivers and lakes ending up in the ocean, which will eventually be evaporated. These clouds will then travel sometimes hundreds of miles over country’s boarders until making rainfall on another location. We are all affected by each country’s pollution and we need to work together to solve our problems. The fact that a German company created a system that extracts CO2 from the air, and a Chinese development team has discovered how to turn CO2 into fuel is exactly the kind of teamwork our planet needs.

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