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akermin Signs Agreement to Test Field Pilot at the National Carbon Capture Center
Date:18 Jul 2012
Carbon capture, combined with alternative renewable energy sources, has the potential to change the face of the energy market and ensure a better future for all. This is because carbon capture could mitigate the impact that traditional fossil fuels have on the environment. The concept of carbon capture is not new, as it happens naturally every day in the environment. But a team of researchers, led by the University of Nottingham (UK), has developed a novel porous material that has unique carbon dioxide (CO2) retention properties. This material can be used in the fight to minimise the levels of CO2 entering the atmosphere. The study was funded in part by the COORDSPACE ('Chemistry of coordination space: extraction, storage, activation and catalysis') project, which received a European Research Council (ERC) grant worth EUR 2.5 million under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
The chief feature of this new material is its absorption of CO2, which the researchers say could have an impact on the development of new carbon capture products designed to reduce emissions from fossil fuel processes. This discovery dovetails with ongoing efforts to develop new materials for gas storage.