Interesting Science Development to Combat Climate Change

One innovation that I’m looking into and that has a lot of potential in the future (and in current) markets is the carbon capture and sequestration technology. This has been studied by the company Ecoviate with the CO2ube and Professor Chris Jones at Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. This technology uses hyperbranched aminosilica (HAS) to capture and store carbon dioxide, which enables us to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from our cars. This compound is recyclable and it stores carbon, meaning we can then reuse the captured CO2 to feed biofuel stock. This technology has potential to be applied to both tailpipes of cars and powerplants. Today, a typical passenger vehicle emits 4.5 metric tons of CO2 every year. If you multiply that by the millions of cars that are used every single day, that amounts to quite a large amount of CO2 emissions per year. Climate change is a very hot topic right now, especially because it affects every single person, and this technology can limit or even reverse climate change, making it a solution that can explode in the markets with further research and experimentation. I worked on a similar topic in grade nine for my science fair project, and I’m glad this technology is gaining momentum, as it offers a carbon negative solution, which is even better than a solution that slows down the effects of climate change. Another potential solution is to use algae to capture the emitted CO2, as it’s capable of converting carbon dioxide into carbon rich lipids, which could then be used to create bio-diesel. With Tesla finding a way to reduce CO2 emissions with electric cars, we can instead build on what we have – we just need an extra, efficient device to put on our cars. This makes it very cost-efficient and applicable to larger populations.