Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Science & Technology: US Researchers Turn CO2 Into Basalt Rock

Carbon capture and storage takes a leap forward thanks to basalt (The Manufacturer)

(Courtesy Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership)
US researchers have taken another step closer to developing a scalable option to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) using a new technique that involves injecting liquefied gas into ancient lava flows.

Researchers at the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership (BSCSP), at the Wallula Basalt Pilot Project in Washington State, have turned liquefied carbon dioxide into solid rock by injecting the gas into basalt formations. This type of carbon capture and storage could help manage the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and in turn help to mitigate global warming, one of the most serious threats facing humanity in the 21st century.