In the US, Canada, and many other countries around the world, fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, represent the majority of the energy supply. And, although many nations adopted greenhouse gas limitations to fight global warming, burning fossil fuels releases unbelievable amounts of carbon dioxide. In a recent study, the researchers noted that baking soda is helpful in capturing CO2 emissions. That would be a better, cheaper, and safer method to fight climate change.
Even though the use of renewable energy is increasing worldwide, coal and natural gas are still widely used. Burning fossil fuels is the leading cause of climate change due to the incredible amounts of greenhouse gases that result from that process. Tackling CO2 emissions by coming up with better CO2 capturing methods might be an essential ally in the fight against global warming.
Now, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found out that baking soda capsules are capturing CO2 emissions better than anything, while it is, at the same time, a safer and cheaper method than any other solution available at the moment.
Baking Soda Proved Helpful In Capturing CO2 Emissions
“Our approach is very different than the traditional method of capturing carbon dioxide at a power plant. Instead of flowing a chemical solvent down a tower (like water down a waterfall), we are putting the solvent into tiny microcapsules,” said Katherine Hornbostel from the University of Pittsburgh.
“In our proposed design of a carbon capture reactor, we pack a bunch of microcapsules into a container and flow the power plant exhaust gas through that. The heat required for conventional reactors is high, which translates to higher plant operating costs. Our design will be a smaller structure and require less electricity to operate, thereby lowering costs,” she added.
“We’re using baking soda dissolved in water as our solvent. It’s cheaper, better for the environment, and more abundant than conventional solvents. Cost and abundance are critical factors when you’re talking about 20 or more meter-wide reactors installed at hundreds of power plants,” concluded Hornbostel.