New Lithium Battery Will Suck up CO2 to Power Itself

By: | October 11th, 2018

World is facing a serious carbon dioxide problem today.  CO2, is most harmful among the gases that trap heat and act like a blanket to warm the planet. Over the years, scientists have made efforts to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help tackle global warming.

A new system might offer a powerful advantage over these efforts

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a lithium-based battery able to deal with our surplus CO2.

A team of scientists at MIT has come up with a lithium-based battery system that soaks up carbon dioxide directly from inside power plants and continuously convert carbon dioxide into a solid mineral carbonate as it discharges.

Lithium-carbon-dioxide batteries typically require metal catalysts to function, but this battery system achieved electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion without the metallic catalyst, using only carbon electrode.

Though scientists were able to turn CO2 into something like a battery component, but it will be years before this battery technology can be used to power things to become tomorrow’s battery technology.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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