Will the air be cleaner with this new system?
Most of the methods regarding the removal of carbon dioxide, until now, only required higher concentrations found in the flue emissions from fossil fuel-based power plants. That one can remove any amount, no matter how much of CO2!
This new system is far the best air-purifier compared to the other existing methods also in terms of economy, because it uses about one gigajoule of energy per ton of captured carbon dioxide!
During the carbon dioxide removal, the electrodes are coated with polyanthraquinone compounded with carbon nanotubes. These electrodes have a natural affinity for the carbon dioxide and readily reacted with its molecules in the airstream or feed gas.
The device that literally "sucks" the CO2 from the atmosphere is a battery with a stack of electrodes!
For that matter, there is another device that adopts artificial intelligence to optimize concentrated solar power plants. Thus, it generates clean, high-intensity heat that could be used for direct air capture as well.
In order to make this device accessible to most industries, it must be cheaper. Otherwise, many of the necessary technological solutions will take more than a decade to clean our atmosphere from CO2!
We can no longer wait!
Nonetheless, natural solutions could be acquired on a short term basis with low investments and new ideas. Of course, it won’t resolve the problem at all, but it will surely help a lot!
Ordinary people also can help out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by just doing the following:
1-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Buying products with minimal packaging will help to reduce waste. Here's a good tip: by recycling half of your household waste, you can save around 2,400 pounds of CO2 per year! Good beginning, huh?
2-Low the heat air conditioning
Adding insulation to your walls and installing weather stripping can lower your heating costs. Guess what. More than 25% monthly! It is not that complicated. All you need is to turn down the heat while you’re sleeping at night or away during the day. Try to keep temperatures moderate at all times by installing a programmable thermostat. Set it to 2 degrees lower in winter, depending, of course, on how cold is your place.
3-Replace light bulbs
A good tip to low your electricity bills is to replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Replacing just one 60-watt incandescent light bulb with a CFL will save you $30 over the life of the bulb. Believe it or not, but if you do so, it would eliminate 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road!
4-Get smart and drive less than usual
Less driving, of course, means fewer emissions up to the atmosphere. Not to mention saving gasoline. The best choice is walking and biking. Get the bus or the train instead as well. Check out options for carpooling to work or school. Nature might love it! Don’t forget: for every gallon of gas, you save not only helps your budget but keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere!
5-Purchase only energy-efficient products
Most of the home appliances now come in a range of energy-efficient models, designed to provide house economy. The less energy spent, the less CO2 on the air!
6-Save hot water during the shower
Set your water heater at 120 degrees to save energy. Go buy low-flow showerheads to save hot water and about 350 pounds of carbon dioxide yearly. Wash your clothes or dishes (if you don’t have a dishwasher) only in cold water. That important change alone can save at least 500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually in most households.
7-Use the "off" switch
Save electricity by turning off lights when you leave a room. Don’t forget to turn off your television, stereo, and computer when you're not using them. It’s also a good idea to turn off the water when you’re not using it. While brushing your teeth, washing your car, or your pet, just turn off the water until you actually need it for rinsing.
8-Plant a tree
You do now how good you do to nature if you plant a tree. Everyone knows that trees absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. A single tree will absorb around one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime!
9-Get a report card from your utility company
Many utility companies provide free home energy audits to help consumers identify areas in their homes that may not be energy efficient.
10-Encourage friends and folks to conserve
Share information about recycling and energy conservation with your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Take opportunities to encourage public officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment.
When will be the year that policymakers and private sector leaders step up to the plate and make the investments needed for carbon removal to truly take off?