Three Univesities to Study Carbon Sequestration Techniques

Carbon sequestration one of the fastest growing research areas in the Energy Department.

Published: 19-Mar-2002

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced research grants to three universities that will study different techniques for reducing the threat of global warming by collecting and storing the most abundant greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2). The technique is called carbon sequestration.

Carbon sequestration is already one of the fastest growing research areas in the Energy Department.

Under these grants, the University of Texas will evaluate a solvent that captures more carbon dioxide while using less energy than other chemical treatments. Researchers is the University's Department of Chemical Engineering will develop an alternative solvent that captures more carbon dioxide while using 25 to 50 percent less energy than conventional methods. Using less energy allows coal plants to produce more electricity while capturing and storing CO2.

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