Sunday, March 02, 2008

Carbon Sciences Transforms CO2 Emissions Into Useful Products

Carbon Science, Inc (Santa Barbara, CA) has developed a new, patent-pending technology to convert, on an industrial scale, the greenhouse gas CO2 into a useful product used in the manufacturing of many consumer products.  CO2 is generally accepted as one of the key, causal agents in the phenomenon of "global warming".

25 billion metric tons of Carbon Dioxide, CO2 were released into the atmosphere in 2005.  Approximately 1/3 of that was from the burning of coal to make electricity. CO2 emissions are generally acknowledged as a contributor to the phenomenon of global warming.  Current strategies to deal with the problem include sequestering the gas in underground geological formations and the ocean floor.  The long-term energy costs and viability of long-term sequestering are unknown. 
Carbon Sciences proposes a completely different approach to the problem of CO2 – transforming the gas into something useful with commercial value instead of burying it somewhere.

The company has developed a technology that converts CO2 into a usable form of Calcium Carbonate, what the company calls GreenCarbonate.  This product – made from ubiquitous CO2 –  has extensive commercial uses, including agriculture, the manufacture of paper, coatings, plastics, glass, ceramics, chalk, dental care, cosmetic products, construction and architectural applications and as a natural buffer used in pollution filters.

The GreenCarbonate process combines captured CO2 with readily available mineral feedstocks.  Using a patent-pending technology, mineral feedstocks are transformed into GreenCarbonate, a highly stable and useful mineral carbonate product.

The GreenCarbon process uses waste mineral products from coal mines and other mining operations, also know as tailings, as a feedstock for the transformation of CO2 into useful mineral carbonates.  Through a proprietary cyclone and mill system, these particles are processed into extremely fine mineral particulates to maximize the available surface area for reacting with CO2.  This method greatly reduces the energy needed to produce fine particulate minerals, which reduces the overall cost of this carbon dioxide transformation system.

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