Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Cutting Australia’s greenhouse gas by half

25.09.2003


More than half of Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions come from power stations. Storing these harmful gases underground can drastically reduce the rate of emission build-up in our atmosphere.



CSIRO’S Dr Lincoln Paterson says that it is possible to capture the gases emitted by these stationary sources, and strip out the carbon dioxide in order to pump it back underground.

"Oil, gas and coal all come from underground in the first place," says Paterson. "We’re looking at the feasibility of putting the carbon dioxide from these fuels back where it came from."


A team of scientists from the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), including CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and a number of universities is investigating ’geosequestration’ of carbon dioxide as a practical and feasible way of reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, as well as providing a lead to countries around the world grappling with the same problem.

"Carbon dioxide from vehicles and other moving sources has to be dealt with by developing hybrid or hydrogen powered vehicles," he says, "but for the massive existing stationary sources of emissions which underpin Australia’s industries, geosequestration provides a real opportunity to continue to operate efficiently while developing new technologies for an emission-free future."

Dr Paterson emphasises that geosequestration of carbon dioxide can never be more than part of the solution in the short- to mid-term.

"We are still dealing with the legacy of the industrial revolution, with coal and oil as the prime movers of industry," says Dr Paterson. "In the mid- to long-term, emerging technologies, possibly based on hydrogen, will power our society but even there, the first steps towards the hydrogen economy are likely to be based on fossil fuels."

"For some decades to come, putting the carbon back underground where it came from is a practical and potentially affordable answer to the problem."

CO2CRC researchers are working in close cooperation with scientists and engineers around the world, says Dr Paterson.

Geosequestration projects are already in operation in Europe, North Africa and Canada.

Nick Goldie | CSIRO
Further information:
http://www.csiro.au/index.asp?type=mediaRelease&id=PrECOS2

More articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation:

nachricht Project provides information on energy recovery from agricultural residues in Germany and China
13.02.2020 | Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum

nachricht New exhaust gas measurement registers ultrafine pollutant particles for the first time
21.01.2020 | Technische Universität Graz

All articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Skyrmions like it hot: Spin structures are controllable even at high temperatures

Investigation of the temperature dependence of the skyrmion Hall effect reveals further insights into possible new data storage devices

The joint research project of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that had previously demonstrated...

Im Focus: Making the internet more energy efficient through systemic optimization

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently completed a 5-year research project looking at how to make fibre optic communications systems more energy efficient. Among their proposals are smart, error-correcting data chip circuits, which they refined to be 10 times less energy consumptive. The project has yielded several scientific articles, in publications including Nature Communications.

Streaming films and music, scrolling through social media, and using cloud-based storage services are everyday activities now.

Im Focus: New synthesis methods enhance 3D chemical space for drug discovery

After helping develop a new approach for organic synthesis -- carbon-hydrogen functionalization -- scientists at Emory University are now showing how this approach may apply to drug discovery. Nature Catalysis published their most recent work -- a streamlined process for making a three-dimensional scaffold of keen interest to the pharmaceutical industry.

"Our tools open up whole new chemical space for potential drug targets," says Huw Davies, Emory professor of organic chemistry and senior author of the paper.

Im Focus: Quantum fluctuations sustain the record superconductor

Superconductivity approaching room temperature may be possible in hydrogen-rich compounds at much lower pressures than previously expected

Reaching room-temperature superconductivity is one of the biggest dreams in physics. Its discovery would bring a technological revolution by providing...

Im Focus: New coronavirus module in SORMAS

HZI-developed app for disease control is expanded to stop the spread of the pathogen

At the end of December 2019, the first cases of pneumonia caused by a novel coronavirus were reported from the Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then, infections...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting: Around 70 Laureates set to meet with young scientists from approx. 100 countries

12.02.2020 | Event News

11th Advanced Battery Power Conference, March 24-25, 2020 in Münster/Germany

16.01.2020 | Event News

Laser Colloquium Hydrogen LKH2: fast and reliable fuel cell manufacturing

15.01.2020 | Event News

 
Latest News

Electric solid propellant -- can it take the heat?

14.02.2020 | Physics and Astronomy

Pitt study uncovers new electronic state of matter

14.02.2020 | Physics and Astronomy

Researchers observe quantum interferences in real-time using a new extreme ultra-violet light spectroscopy technique

14.02.2020 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>