Carbon capture is expensive. Hence continuous attempts in laboratories around the world to find new ways to capture CO2 that are simpler and cheaper. One problem with the traditional method is that it is a two-step process, and energy intensive (therefore powered by high-heat fossil fuels). Jennifer Chu at MIT describes a new electrochemical method that separates out CO2 in a single step, and it’s powered by clean energy. It’s particularly well-suited to the highly concentrated emissions generated by industrial processes like steel, cement, and chemical manufacturing – three industries desperate for an affordable solution.

Study suggests energy-efficient route to capturing and converting CO2. The findings, based on a single electrochemical process, could help cut emissions from the hardest-to-decarbonize industries, such as steel and cement. By Jennifer Chu, MIT News.

In the race to draw down greenhouse gas emissions around the world, scientists at MIT are looking to carbon-capture technologies to decarbonise the most stubborn industrial emitters. Read more.