Taking care of the environment is our responsibility. But we are far from cutting down our carbon emission to meet the Paris Agreement. One start-up is trying to help by converting carbon dioxide into stone. This is the first successful attempt to reverse the carbon cycle to help cut down emissions much like plants who absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
Climeworks based in Hellisheidi, Iceland has successfully converted carbon dioxide captured from the air into stone to be forever locked under earth’s surface. Its successful pilot project can be a solution for the 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide released each year into the environment.
Segregating carbon dioxide specifically from the air was a challenge but the researchers got around through the developed technology which captures ambient air, segregates CO2, combines it with water and sends it down to react with basaltic bedrock where it forms carbonates to live underneath as minerals forever.
The process currently converts 50 metric tons CO2 each year which is roughly the annual emission from an American household, but its creators hope they will be able to scale the project further.
'The potential of scaling-up our technology in combination with CO2 storage, is enormous,' said Christoph Gebald, founder and CEO of Climeworks.If the project is implemented worldwide then it can speed up the emission cut down process by not just focusing on industrial self-control but also through a scientific way.