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Researchers Discover New Method of Carbon Capture

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Scrubbing CO2 out of natural gas power plant emissions just got easier, due to a breakthrough from scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and ExxonMobil.

The bottom line: The new technology is six times more effective at removing CO2 than current technologies . . . hitting an impressive 90% capture rate, according to a writeup in Gas World.

How it works: “The new technique uses a highly porous material called a metal-organic framework (MOF), modified with nitrogen-containing amine molecules to capture the CO2 and low temperature steam to flush out the CO2 for other uses or to sequester it underground.”

But remember, it takes federal policies to support this kind of wholesale carbon capture. And speaking of which . . .

Sneak peek: The NAM is working on a raft of climate recommendations, which it will release later this year. Here’s a preview of what the report will recommend on carbon capture. Lawmakers should:

  • “Finish clarifying the rules governing access to the Section 45Q carbon capture tax credit so that project developers have the certainty they need to make investments in CCUS projects”;
  • “Develop a clear standard for the handling of long-term liability for CO2 transfers”;
  • “Resolve pore space ownership issues”;
  • “Correct barriers to CO2 storage on federal lands”;
  • “Reform the class VI underground injection program to foster the build-out of underground CO2 storage projects”;
  • “Increase funding for federal CCUS research, development and demonstration programs”; and
  • “Ensure programs are authorized and reduce permitting barriers that delay construction of CCUS projects.”
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