When CO2 becomes baking soda

Mar 09, 2017 | written by:

An unexpected and quite amazing novelty from India is hitting media like a thunderbolt. Luckily, with none negative impact. Almost 14 hours flying by us, it has been recently announced that a new method will allow companies to capture more than 66.000 tons of CO2 and to turn it into a very useful product: baking soda, perfect for cleaning home’ surfaces if mixed with vinegar, but also to create practical DIY scrubs and often used by those suffering from stomach problems. 

The news comes from the Tuticorin plant, in the port of Thoothukudi in the Bay of Bengal, South India, where the Londoner CCSL (Carbon Clean Solutions Limited) has developed a carbon capture method allowing reuse - especially by the Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals & Fertilizers - to turn it into baking soda. In fact, the capture of CO2 is not something new: in the past it had been caught planning to delete it from the polluted atmosphere, but it hadn’t found new uses and valid conversions. The only solutions has been to 'bury' CO2 deep in the soil, an effective system but not definitely not cheaper.

With the new method – although subject to progressive modifications – the capture is simplified: a solvent, even more potent than common amine, patented by the CCSL, traps CO2 making it inert; the captured molecules are mixed with coarse salt and ammonia and here you are, baking soda is ready! Doubts and misgivings? At the moment the Clean Carbon doesn’t see them also due to the fact that the new methodology  is bringing money and allows the plant to work without additional funds.

An activity that can only encourage other companies to find new and promising green solutions to greener the environment. Among other things, a recent statement done during an interview with BBC Radio 4 by CEO Gopalan Ramachandran is giving the idea of the many  unexplored possibilities ready on the horizon. Ramachandran has genuinely admitted that when he thought of a way to capture the CO2 of his plant and then reuse it, he wasn’t thinking about a less polluting and harmful solution for the planet: it was only matter of business. Of course, the sincerity of the statement makes everyone smile, but also leaves a major question to answer: how many benefits might we receive from investments in sustainability and how much more can we do? For us the answer is clear, and for you? 

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