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    There are some other ideas in the full article well worth exploring.

    http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/belcher-carbon-0922.html

    Every year, about 30 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide are pumped into the Earth’s atmosphere from power plants, cars and other industrial sources that rely on fossil fuels. Scientists who want to mitigate carbon dioxide’s effects on global climate have started experimenting with storing the gas underground, a process known as carbon sequestration. However, there are still many unknowns surrounding the safety and effectiveness of that strategy.

    MIT engineer Angela Belcher is now taking a new approach that would not only remove carbon dioxide from the environment, but also turn it into something useful: solid carbonates that could be used for building construction.

    “We want to capture carbon dioxide and not put it underground, but turn it into something that will be stable for hundreds of thousands of years,” says Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy
     
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    Based on the natural forcing we would be cooling right now. May not went to take all the co2 out of the Atmosphere that humanity added to it, but just some.
     
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    Good news for a change. It may be tough to scale up to a significant size but it is cool to see people developing new technologies.
     
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    There are some industrial processes that cannot converted to electrical processes. Using this type of technology, one could capture the CO2 at the source, maybe even pay for the process doing it.
     
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    This is one of the Technologies the Clean Coal people are working on using as well.
     
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    Good article. And it furhter illustrates what folks like me have been advocating for for a long while. Take the money away from the fraudsters and give it to people like this who actually do something with it.
     
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    You have identified one of the problems that exists with any new technology. However, this has interesting possibilites. First, we are already dealing with nano-tech biology, so it is simply another step in nano-tech to create not just the material, but a complete building panel.

    Nanotechnology
     
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    Now how are you going to pry the money away from Exxon and the other people that are fighting any change?
     
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    Solar Power - Sunny Side of the Street - Can Roads Be Used to Generate Solar Power?

    Idaho Company Pioneers Using Roads to Generate Solar Power
    Idaho-based company Solar Roadways is one of the trailblazers. Electrical engineer Scott Brusaw was inspired to start the company when he heard Caltech solar energy expert Nate Lewis suggest that covering just 1.7 percent of the continental U.S. land surface with photovoltaic solar collectors could produce enough power to meet the nation’s total energy demand.

    US Interstate Highways Could Produce Enough Solar Power for the Whole World
    Brusaw put two and two together when he realized that the interstate highway system already covers about that much of the nation’s land surface, so he got to work designing a system that combines a durable and translucent glass road surface with photovoltaic solar collectors that could be wired directly into the electricity grid. Brusaw’s innovative design would also heat the roads in winter, thus providing an important safety benefit.

    With improvements in the efficiency of solar collectors in recent years, Brusaw believes his system, if implemented from coast-to-coast in place of the tarmac on existing highways, could produce enough energy to meet the electricity needs of the entire world.
     

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