CO2 capture trial converts greenhouse gas into raw carbon

STORY: This machine is removing harmful carbon dioxide

from the air and turning it into carbon

Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

(Benjamin Dietrich, Manager, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

"With our technology here, we want to extract CO2 from the ambient air and then use the process to produce carbon, which serves as a valuable product. At the same time, because we are extracting the CO2 from the air, we have then produced negative emissions."

The trial project is part of an effort to help

mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

and also address rising scarcity of raw materials

"We make an effective contribution to climate protection, namely that we recover the CO2 that has already been emitted. In this way we can slow down climate change. And on the other hand, we are also producing a valuable product for the chemical industry, which is not based on fossil fuels."

Raw carbon is valuable in many industrial products

The plant is currently producing

just over a pound of carbon each day