In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term, the German company Greenlyte Carbon Technologies is testing a CO2 filter system in Essen. It is the largest of its kind in this country to date.
Germany still has just over 22 years to achieve climate neutrality. In addition to reducing and eliminating sources of emissions, absorbing emissions that have already arisen from the environment is also playing an increasingly important role. Therefore, various providers are trying to filter carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in limestone, for example.
The largest pilot plant in Germany has now started operations in Essen. The start-up Greenlyte Carbon Technologies developed a liquid that can be used by a system to filter up to 100 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. In addition to reducing greenhouse gases in our environment, the system has another benefit.
The largest CO2 filter system is intended to generate raw materials for industry
In addition to the positive effects on people and nature, the system also produces hydrogen. The scientists see house building as a possible area of application for the CO2. Construction companies could add the greenhouse gas to concrete and in this way bind the substance for decades. It can also be used in the production of plastics.
Ultimately, the renewed use of greenhouse gases that have already been emitted does not lead to a reduction in overall emissions. Nevertheless, the emission of further carbon dioxide could be avoided. Greenlyte Carbon Technologies wants to use this method to absorb up to one billion tons of CO2 from the air per year by 2050.
Up to one billion tons of CO2 per year by 2050
The technology seems to have potential; the start-up would like to bring the first commercially used system onto the market next year. The company sees companies from the chemical industry as customers. By then, the construction in Essen should show how effectively the system actually absorbs emissions in everyday life.
In Germany, every citizen emits around twelve tons of carbon dioxide per year. With the goals set, the emissions of almost all current residents can be offset in one fell swoop by 2050.