Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

by , 08/27/13

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A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years’ effort by The University of Newcastle, the chemical company Orica, and GreenMag Group, the groundbreaking new facility could close carbon loops and divert the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.

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When it comes to global warming, human beings are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, greenhouse gasses are inevitably pumped into the atmosphere through industry, power generation, and natural processes. On the other, emissions that contribute to climate change destabilize the systems on which people rely to survive. This new facility will hopefully change that.

The plant will be located at The University of Newcastle, and Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is expected to spend $9 million over a period of four years to establish the facility. The bricks can be used as construction materials, and they act as physical carbon sinks. Ian Smith, the chief executive of Orica, told ABC News that he believes the technology could be used by power plants across the world.

“So this would enable, not just us as a company, but all the coal fired power stations around the world to be retrofitted so they can capture their CO2 off-take. It’s an alternative solution. If you look at just storing it underground that only works in certain geological formations.This can work wherever those power stations are.”

Other applications include utilizing the rock for street pavement and green construction. With CO2 levels having reached over 400 parts per million this year, this type of technology is critical to slowing the trend of global warming. Fifty carbon capture plants around the world could potentially sequester over a billion tons of CO2 annually.

+ The University of Newcastle

Via ABC News Australia

Images via The University of Newcastle

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  1. hiren vaghasiya June 11, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I want know about how to make brick.I want meet to the person who is make this plant .i want to take in India

  2. Murthy Psr September 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Reduce Carbon dioxide with necessary possible measures than producing and converting into some other product and venturing for its effects.

  3. James Smith September 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Yeah, reduce energy consumption and plant more trees – use timber in building. Anything that has at its heart centralised power production cannot be a good thing.

  4. Eleanor Russell September 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Well I personally prefer the idea of reducing energy consumption and completely stopping fossil fuel consumption. Why clean up a mess if you don’t have to make in in the first place right? Somebody in a position to change the way energy sector works just needs to grow the balls to do it. Buut if that isn’t an option, then this could be a good idea, provided it didn’t require too much energy to do.

  5. northcob August 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    What is the cost?? Even if you clean up the power station, there is still the matter of the fugitive emissions from mining and the particulate pollution from coal dust.
    I very much doubt this makes any economic sense compared with wind power and solar with storage.

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