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Ever heard of a chemical plant that captures CO2 and converts it into valuable chemicals? It’s a world first,and it’s in India

Published: 05th January 2017 04:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th January 2017 03:28 AM   |  A+A-

Ever heard of a chemical plant that captures CO2 and converts it into valuable chemicals? It’s a world first,and it’s in India

Now clean

Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals now captures CO2 and uses it to produce useful chemicals, according to The Guardian. The plant, which is located in the district of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, now emits no CO2

60,000 tonnes

Amount of CO2 the plant will capture in a year 

How does it work?

The plant uses a boiler for its operations. The emissions from the boiler are passed through a patented chemical which sends out only CO2. This is then converted into compounds used for manufacturing glass, BBC reported 

Carbonclean Solutions

The chemical used to filter out CO2 was invented by Indian chemists Aniruddha Sharma and Prateek Bumb, who founded Carbonclean Solutions. Although they failed to raise financial support from India, their firm, working with the Institute of Chemical Technology at Mumbai and Imperial College in London, got backing from UK’s entrepreneur support scheme, BBC added

The plant does not claim to solve the problem of climate change. The amount of CO2 it captures is meagre when compared to the 600-700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide released by coal-based power plants in India in one year. Nevertheless, this development is a reason for cheer 

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