Will Carbon Capture Work?
The issue of climate change is a pressing one, and many efforts are underway to mitigate its effects.
One of the most promising technologies for reducing carbon emissions is carbon capture. But will carbon capture work? In this post, we will explore this question and invite industry and academia to share their findings at the upcoming TimeToClearTheAir.com Symposium underwritten by the World Asthma Foundation.
What is Carbon Capture?
Carbon capture is a technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air or flue gases emitted by industrial processes and stores it in geological formations or uses it in industrial processes. The captured CO2 is then either stored underground or used for enhanced oil recovery.
The Benefits of Carbon Capture
Carbon capture has several benefits, including:
Reduced carbon emissions: Carbon capture can reduce carbon emissions by up to 90%, making it an effective tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy security: By capturing and storing carbon emissions, carbon capture can help reduce dependence on fossil fuels, enhancing energy security.
Job creation: The development and deployment of carbon capture technology can create jobs in research, development, and manufacturing.
Economic growth: Carbon capture can also create economic growth by providing a new industry for the development and deployment of the technology.
Challenges to Carbon Capture
While carbon capture holds great promise, there are also significant challenges to its widespread deployment. Some of these challenges include:
High cost: The high cost of carbon capture technology is a significant barrier to its widespread deployment.
Infrastructure requirements: Carbon capture requires significant infrastructure, including pipelines and storage facilities, which can be challenging to develop.
Environmental risks: There are concerns about the environmental risks of carbon capture, including the possibility of CO2 leakage from storage facilities.
Will Carbon Capture Work?
While there are challenges to carbon capture, there is also evidence that it can work. There are several large-scale carbon capture projects currently underway, including the Petra Nova project in Texas, which captures carbon emissions from a coal-fired power plant and stores them underground.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has also recognized the potential of carbon capture, stating that it is a critical component of efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The Way Forward
To fully realize the potential of carbon capture, more research and development are needed, and industry and academia need to work together to share their findings and collaborate on solutions.
That is why the World Asthma Foundation is underwriting the TimeToClearTheAir.com Symposium, which will bring together experts from industry and academia to share their research and collaborate on solutions to the challenges of carbon capture.
We invite industry and academia to participate in the TimeToClearTheAir.com Symposium and share their findings on carbon capture. Together, we can work towards a sustainable future and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Please contact us if would like to participate.