Several carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects are in the works across North America, and researchers may have found a novel way to make them more energy efficient.

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently highlighted how a hidden function of electrodes can attract carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which then could be converted, allowing the CCS projects to run on renewable energy. 

Natural gas-fired power generation emitted about 696 million metric tons (mmt) of CO2 in 2021, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, CCS projects could provide an additional 45-52% reduction in lifetime emissions from gas-fired plants, according to the Nature Climate Change journal.  

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