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Scientists from MIT have created a new device for taking CO2
- November 2, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Carbon dioxide is the main risk factor when it comes to pollution of the surrounding atmosphere and the Earth as a whole – being a fairly common and dangerous greenhouse gas, it is becoming an increasingly priority target for the struggle of many teams of scientists. And today, a talented team of chemical engineering specialists from the Massachusetts University of Technology presented their new experimental development, with the help of which carbon dioxide intake from the atmosphere can become an even easier and more efficient way – in particular, taking into account the much lower cost of the installation and its temperature mode.
The installation itself is a large battery made up of a complex matrix of electrically charged electrochemical plates – and when the air containing carbon dioxide passes through its improvised ventilation system, it actually separates from the main air stream and is delayed in a separate capsule, with a sufficiently large capacity. An oxygen burner is provided as an exhaust mechanism, which allows you to neutralize the vast majority of carbon dioxide, without leading to its accumulation in the atmosphere.
As for the detection sensor, it allows you to record an indicator of carbon dioxide pollution up to 400 particles per million, which is a truly commendable result. Thus, the Massachusetts engineers were able to create a closed-type battery system that consumes relatively little thermal energy and which can function even under the most extreme environmental conditions.
Although, it becomes clear that so far the project is experimental and preliminary, and therefore cannot be considered as final. However, the completed technical and functional design of the device clearly demonstrates that the idea itself really has the right to life, since it provides a lot of interesting and unusual things, not to mention the fact that it offers a fairly high degree of freedom for modification.