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Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight.

In a study published today in Angewandte Chemie, Monash University and CSIRO scientists for the first time discovered a photosensitive metal organic framework (MOF) – a class of materials known for their exceptional capacity to store gases. This has created a powerful and cost-effective new tool to capture and store, or potentially recycle, carbon dioxide.

By utilising sunlight to release the stored carbon, the new material overcomes the problems of expense and inefficiency associated with current, energy-intensive methods of carbon capture. Current technologies use liquid capture materials that are then heated in a prolonged process to release the carbon dioxide for storage.

Associate Professor Bradley Ladewig of the Monash Department of Chemical Engineering said the MOF was an exciting development in emissions reduction technology. 

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Coal consumption in China alone now accounts for 47% of global coal consumption. That’s roughly 3.8 billion tons. Since 2000, China has accounted for 2.3 billion tons, or 82%, of the 2.9 billion ton growth in global coal demands. 

This time of year I start to wonder if Big Oil execs are intentionally being sadistically selfish, greedy, and wasteful in the hope of Santa dropping some extra coal in their stockings.

Happy Holidays everyone. And let’s dream of a white - and green - holiday season =)

(via shychemist)

(via shychemist)