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Researchers turn to nanotech to make CCS cheaper

Proponents of carbon capture and storage (CCS) know that snaring the unwanted byproduct of combustion is the costliest aspect of the industrial clean-up scheme. Figuring out an economic way to do it has been a critical drag on the technology’s commercial evolution. “There are a lot of different ways to do it,” says Anthony Ku, a chemical engineer with GE Global Research based in upstate New York. His own twist on the process involves a unique collaboration between GE and researchers at the University of Alberta that uses nanotechnology and is backed by $2 million in seed money from Alberta’s Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation.

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