Air pollution has always been a major concern when it comes to operating a factory or industrial plant, and the various harmful chemicals and gases emitted from plants and factories have long been considered a key factor in global air pollution. Not to say there’s a lack of effort from scientists and researchers in finding ways to divert greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.
A groundbreaking facility to be built in Australia will pilot a new technology that converts carbon emission into bricks for the construction industry.
The technology, the first in the world, turns carbon dioxide emissions into solid carbonate that can be disposed safely in the future or used to create green building materials.
The facility will be built at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources and will use CO2 from Orica’s Kooragang Island manufacturing facility in Newcastle. The plant will be managed by Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), which will receive $9 million in funding over the next four years.
MCi will undertake research into mineral carbonation technology and study the viability of the technology in terms of large-scale and commercial projects.
If successful, the facility could not only help lessen the air pollution that industrial plants release into the air but also create a new way for storing carbon emissions into a usable and environment friendly material.