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Wind wall can turn carbon dioxide in to fuel


Posted on Saturday, 25 July, 2015 | Comment icon 15 comments

A concept image of a fully built wind wall in action. Image Credit: YouTube / Carbon Engineering
An ambitious new plan could see carbon dioxide being sucked out of the atmosphere and turned in to fuel.
Canada-based company Carbon Engineering is aiming to not only help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere but to also turn in to a type of low carbon fuel.

The system, which should prove particularly advantageous in areas such as deserts where planting lots of trees isn't viable, consists of a large wall of fans that suck in the air and extract the carbon dioxide in much the same way as trees do when they capture the gas and turn it in to oxygen.

A video explaining in more detail how the whole thing works can be viewed below.


Source: Popular Mechanics | Comments (15)

Tags: Carbon Dioxide, Fuel

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Zalmoxis on 26 July, 2015, 0:16
I can foresee this being a technique to filter air and conserve energy in a large base on a moon or another planet. This machine would be more economical in cities than maintaining trees between skyscrapers and apartment buildings, filtering far more air than trees can. I'd like to see these sorts of things used more.
Comment icon #7 Posted by taniwha on 26 July, 2015, 1:49
Perhaps we should build these things in the tree tops and get the best of both worlds.
Comment icon #8 Posted by qxcontinuum on 26 July, 2015, 3:07
how about planting trees and turn it to oxygen? wth is wrong with these minds?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Gecks on 26 July, 2015, 4:31
This could be a perfect solution for cities in the world like Beijing with terrible pollution and smog problems. Its a band aid fix I know but could help clean the air and lets face it, they're not making large changes to combat the problem otherwise.
Comment icon #10 Posted by fred_mc on 26 July, 2015, 11:45
If we start using this in really big scale, there might be a risk that we bring down carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere too much so that a new ice age will begin. We humans are quite good at messing with the climate.
Comment icon #11 Posted by toast on 26 July, 2015, 15:19
This could be a perfect solution for cities in the world like Beijing with terrible pollution and smog problems. Its a band aid fix I know but could help clean the air and lets face it, they're not making large changes to combat the problem otherwise. The Beijing fog problem cannot be solved with CO2 extracting technology as the fogs dangerous contents are fine dust, NO2 and SO2 and these materials do not get extracted from the air by the device/technology that is in discussion here.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Myles on 26 July, 2015, 16:44
This is a great start. You cannot improve a technology unless you start somewhere. I don't think anyone is saying to use these instead of trees. Just in addition to trees.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Gecks on 26 July, 2015, 19:08
The Beijing fog problem cannot be solved with CO2 extracting technology as the fogs dangerous contents are fine dust, NO2 and SO2 and these materials do not get extracted from the air by the device/technology that is in discussion here. Yeah didn't think that through before I posted did I?.. thanks for the correction.
Comment icon #14 Posted by XenoFish on 26 July, 2015, 20:12
I think we should combine this technology into the creation of giant hepa filter systems for large cities. We'll call it a Smog Buster. LOL
Comment icon #15 Posted by Myster0n on 27 July, 2015, 11:44
Not trying to sound pessimistic ("fail"), this could give vunerable countries/ regions an out. Places like the Amazon/ Brazil now have a reason to continue chopping/ deforestation then install the fans in the freshly made City next to the Amazon! That said, it is a great 'addition' for cities/ deserts etc


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