Excellent news are coming from India for all environmentalists – a coal plant from Tuticorin has found a way to turn the captured carbon dioxide from their coal powered boiler into baking powder – an amazing breakthrough that could actually save our planet!
The chemical plant in Tuticorin, India hired the firm Carbon Clean Solution to help them reduce their carbon emissions and they’re now saying that they can save up to 66,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.
In an interview for BBC Radio 4 Ramachadran Gopalan, the owner of the plant in Tuticorin, Alkali Chemicals said:
“I am a businessman. I never thought about saving the planet. I needed a reliable stream of CO2, and this was the best way of getting it.”
Carbon Clean is a relatively new company, owned by two young Indian entrepreneurs who use salt to bind with CO2 in the boiler chimney from flue gases. Their process of carbon capture is different from others because it uses a new chemical to strip CO2. This process had proven to be more effective than the current chemicals used because it captures more than 90% of the CO2. Even better, the by product is ash soda, which can have an array of other commercial uses, from glass manufacturing to sweeteners, paper products and detergents. Since they’ve started using this carbon capture technique, the company says they’ve got zero emissions.
This news comes after last year’s breakthrough in an Icelandic plant – turning carbon dioxide into stone. Iceland’s breakthrough was major but this one is even better because it has a more versatile by-product, meaning it will be more attractive for businesses. On their website, Carbon Clean estimates that carbon capture could reduce about 20% of the total global greenhouse emissions contributing to climate change within the next four decades.
“Major carbon dioxide emitters like power plants and manufacturing facilities, in future may be asked to install carbon capture technologies or pay carbon tax,” they note. “Carbon Clean Solutions is innovating and working with customers to develop technologies that will cost effectively reduce the CO2 emissions from such large point sources.”