carbon capture and sequestration

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh researchers are working on potentially cheaper ways to capture carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants.

So-called “clean coal” technology is expensive, but some experts say it’s crucial to address climate change.

 

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and a nearby Department of Energy lab collaborated to model membranes that could be used to filter exhaust gas from power plants.

 

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

If power plants that burn fossil fuels could capture their carbon emissions and store them somewhere, it would go a long way toward preventing greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

That would dramatically lessen the effects of climate change. While many scientists and engineers in Pennsylvania work to develop this cutting-edge technology, it’s slow to roll out and so far exists only outside the commonwealth.