Albeit noting that reducing emissions is a better and cheaper tactic than emitting them and then recapturing them, Carbon Engineering claims they can easily take carbon dioxide out of the air and turn it into gasoline. Best of all, because of the use of off-the-shelf components, the process is cheap enough that production may start up at industrial levels in 2021.
The new paper says it can remove the same ton for as little as $94, and for no more than $232. At those rates, it would cost between $1 and $2.50 to remove the carbon dioxide released by burning a gallon of gasoline in a modern car.
“If these costs are real, it is an important result,” said Ken Caldeira, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science. “This opens up the possibility that we could stabilize the climate for affordable amounts of money without changing the entire energy system or changing everyone’s behavior.” More Stories
The team published their results Thursday morning in Joule, a new American scientific journal printed by the same publisher behind the biology journal Cell.
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