“Breakthrough Technology Successfully Removes Carbon Dioxide from Ocean Water, Aiding in Reversing Acidification and Combatting Global Warming”
– Researchers have developed a new technology using sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate to extract carbon dioxide from ocean water, addressing the harmful effects of increased carbon dioxide levels on coral reefs and marine life.
– The technology consists of microencapsulated solvents made of sodium carbonate and hollow fiber membrane contactors containing sodium hydroxide, both functioning to remove carbon dioxide from seawater.
– The development of this technology was a result of years of experimental work, led by Katherine Hornbostel from the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.
– By increasing the surface area for seawater contact and utilizing the density of seawater, this direct ocean capture technology shows promise in reducing carbon dioxide levels and can potentially be implemented offshore to avoid land use.