AI tech could slash carbon capture energy needs by 36%


Energy intensive power plants could see their carbon footprint reduced by over a third (36%) after scientists from the University of Surrey, UK, used the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to adjust a system based on a real coal-fired power station.

When power plants burn fuel, they produce carbon dioxide (CO2), which can be captured by bubbling the flue gas through limestone-rich water.

CO2 reacts with the calcium carbonate in the limestone, producing harmless carbonate as part of a process known as ‘enhanced weathering’.

To pump the water and the CO2, energy is required. The plant studied by the team had its own wind turbine but – during periods of calm weather – it took energy from the grid.

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