When it comes to carbon emissions, it’s rarely good news. But rejoice, this time it is as new, industrial plants will capture CO2 emissions instead of releasing them into the atmosphere, as the old polluting ones are still doing. But, it still depends… mostly on governments.
David Keith, is a Harvard physicist who’s working with a team of brilliant researchers to paint the world a new shade of green. Their company, Carbon Engineering, wants to open an industrial plant which will suck up all that bad carbon dioxide that you’ve been hearing about in connection to global warming. The project is even funded partly by the lovable and generous Bill Gates.
What Carbon Engineering eventually wants, in the long term, is to build so many industrial carbon sucking plants as to rid the world of this disease we call global warming. The company is based in Calgary and is one of the major investors on the green CO2 capturing tech.
Other very important companies in this field of the economy are the New York’s Global Thermostat, led by Peter Eisenberger, a professor from Columbia of which you may have heard amidst the giant Exxon scandal. The scientist says that their project recently got a mysterious but welcome sum of money from some unnamed energy company in the US.
Another major player in the world of CO2-vaccum-cleaner tech is the Swiss company called Climeworks. Not so long ago, these researchers were backed by Audi to create a demonstration through which to prove that the technology was possible. Not only did they do that, but they also sent their gathered carbon to a German renewable fuel company called Sunfire, which then made eco-friendly zero-carbon fuel out what Climeworks had gathered.
The main concern expressed by Geoff Holmes is that in a world where the need for transportation is ever more constant, there is an equally growing need for eco-friendly cars and sustainable transportation. In twenty years from now, he says that we really need to be able to swallow up large amounts of carbon dioxide, so as to minimize the risks that we pose to our lovely planet.
He says that the alternatives of solar and wind energy are amazing alternatives which asure that we reduce CO2 emissions. The only major contributor that remains is the transport sector. There is only one way to rid the atmosphere of these emissions, he maintains, and that is through factories that can gobble up a very big lot at a time.
Yet, factories are expensive to build, obviously, and until the governments realize what a dire problem climate change is, we will still have difficulties with funding these projects.
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