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Carbon sponge could capture and store coal emissions, say researchers

February 12, 2013

Carbon sponge could capture and store coal emissions, say researchers

Carbon sponge could soak up coal emissions.

Could a carbon sponge soak up coal emissions? Scientists from Monash University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) believe it is possible.

They contend that emissions from coal power stations could be significantly reduced by a novel material that absorbs massive amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight. They found a class of materials known for their special ability to store gases. This has helped them develop a new means of capturing and storing carbon dioxide.

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