Indian power plant turns CO2 emissions into baking soda

Indian power plant turns CO2 emissions into baking soda

A major advance has been made in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, as an industrial coal plant has successfully turned carbon dioxide emissions into a non-harmful product, without any government subsidy.

This result is the first to utilise CCS technology with no subsidy and represents a breakthrough in the field, as previously the practise was straddled by high costs.

The plant at Tuticorin in southern India has successfully created baking soda, a useful chemical in the manufacturing industry, from fumes in its own boiler.

The process relies on a new chemical that strips CO2 discovered by the company CarbonClean, who believe their technology could eventually turn 5-10% of global carbon emissions into non-harmful material.

Aniruddha Sharma, CarbonClean’s CEO said: “We want to set up small-scale plants that de-risk the technology by making it a completely normal commercial option.”

The company believes that the process will transform up 60,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, in the near future.