S. Korean scientists turn emissions into electricity

Jan 21, 2019, 7:49 AM EST
(Source: Cezary Borysiuk/flickr)
(Source: Cezary Borysiuk/flickr)

Inspired by how oceans naturally absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide, the researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have developed a system that continuously generates electricity using this gas.

The battery system comprises of an aqueous solution, which when pumped with carbon dioxide, triggers an electrochemical reaction, producing electricity and hydrogen, and breaking down nearly 50% of the gas in the process, notes Digital Trends.

In order to combat global climate change, researchers have been focusing on ways to removing the emissions from the environment, and the new concept could be a big step towards achieving this, however, the system works at a small scale only for now.