Mines research on carbon capture and storage featured in Nature

Jennifer Wilcox, associate professor and interim head of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines, was quoted in a recent article about carbon capture and storage published in Nature. In the article "Emissions: We have the technology," Wilcox discusses the importance of solutions that permenantly remove COfrom circulation. The article was published in Nature on October 12, 2017.

From the story:

The commercialization of carbon capture is a welcome development. But Wilcox and other climate-mitigation scientists have their eyes on the main prize: permanently removing CO2 from circulation. Carbon used to make fuel will be re-emitted rapidly; at best, says Wilcox, such fuels are carbon neutral.

Wilcox's research suggests that direct air carbon capture can collect 10 billion tonnes of CO2 a year — and that estimate is conservative. But she hopes that the gas will be sequestered, not used. For climate-change mitigation, she says, “utilization is overrated.” If all of the carbon used by the chemical industry were sourced from CO2, it would only take up 1% of CO2 emissions worldwide — and the carbon would not be permanently locked up, says Wilcox.