Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilization
Carbon and its Central Role in Energy Formation
Hydrocarbon fuels represent an energy source that we use to power our homes, factories, offices to keep society functioning. However, the drawbacks of harvesting energy from carbon-based fuels manifest in their lingering presence in the atmosphere, causing several detrimental effects related to the climate and weather patterns.
Quitting the use of carbon-based energy sources is a challenge that the entirety of society must accept. Until all greenhouse gas emissions are captured, reused as green energy sources, or permanently eradicated, it is our obligation to participate and promote carbon-negative projects.
Carbon Capture for Carbon-Negative Energy Generation
Aligned with the IEA’s goal for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, Circularity is eyeing carbon capture as an early measure in this decade for expanding and raising awareness of clean energy. Many corporations talk of carbon capture as a concept for the future, however, we and other professionals in the energy and sustainability spaces have identified that the opportunity to buy and adopt these technologies is very much available at present.
It is within our agenda at Circularity to push for the adoption of clean energy technologies. Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) is making big strides in reducing carbon emitted into the atmosphere. Such a method isn’t so novel; dating back to 1972, natural gas plants in Texas, United States went about capturing over 200 million tons of carbon dioxide. Indeed, carbon capture tech is a viable source of emission mitigation.
In the most common form of carbon capture, carbon gases go through a cycle that ultimately repurposes them from a toxic gas emission to an alternative clean fuel. Carbon is captured, liquefied, and stored in approved storage sites. Ideally, the land is far from urban and residential areas, deemed safe enough for industrial processes to take place.
Oil and gas reservoirs happen to be the carbon storage site. In injecting the land with carbon dioxide, more oil can be extracted, consequently maximizing the factory’s oil production, although this implies generating more emissions.
In the case of factories and manufacturing plants, direct air capture can be utilized to reduce their toxic byproducts without affecting their rate of productivity.
Direct air capture technologies certainly exist and are in use today, although they do come at a hefty price. The investment required in identifying the ideal location for the technology also hinders industries from embracing the thought of generating energy through carbon capture. Finally, return on investment is a big question raised by companies, as carbon needs to provide some kind of return to be worth capturing.
Thus, it is our goal in Circularity to steer the public’s attention and financial support toward clean energy initiatives. Gaining the masses’ trust in such innovations can convince government agencies to invest in these technologies and make an effort in the transitioning of the petrochemical sector from nonrenewable energy sources to sustainable power generation. Through blockchain marketing, Circularity can get early investors of all sizes to attract people in learning more about our first steps to net-zero carbon dioxide emissions with carbon capture.
The most cautious environmentalists may still find reasons to respond radically to concerns on carbon capture and carbon-negative offsets. Storing carbon dioxide is a sensitive process, and the laws implemented regarding air and land pollution may further complicate our progress toward large-scale carbon capture efforts. Factories may also abuse the power over direct air capture technology, using it as an excuse to burn more fossil fuels and natural gas than necessary.
We recognize that carbon capture is by no means the be-all, end-all in achieving clean air and sustainable energy generation. But while there are still factories producing greenhouse gases, and carbon dioxide hanging in the atmosphere, direct capture technologies can be leveraged to transform these emissions into simpler and cleaner energy sources, such as bioenergy. Carbon capture does not entirely solve our problem with greenhouse gas emissions, but it is an excellent process for marketing clean energy generation.
Until excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is collected and used up, carbon capture will remain relevant to the mission of net-zero carbon emissions. The next phase of clean energy initiatives shall take off by preserving the carbon-negative atmosphere and engaging in further exploration of clean energy sources.