Better carbon capture reduces power plant emissions
Since the 19th century, Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions have increased Earth’s average temperature by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comprises 65% of those emissions. Coal-fired power facilities pollute the most. Even so — in one year — natural gas sent 523 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
A new technology may one day reduce those flue emissions by 90%. Experimental studies of highly porous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF) have yielded promising results. The MOF, modified with nitrogen-containing amine molecules, achieved six times greater efficiency than today’s amine CO2 scrubbers. Low-temperature steam further boosts efficiency by enabling repeated use of the MOF.