Scientists have invented a rapid way to produce Magnesite, which is a mineral that stores carbon dioxide. If this thing can be built to an industrial level then it might help in offsetting the current overwhelming global warming. A mammoth amount of naturally occurring Magnesite can banish almost half a tonne of carbon dioxide from this atmosphere. Scientists have developed an accelerated way in producing Magnesite at the room temperature, a mineral that is capable of consuming the green house gas CO2 from the surrounding. Removing this green house gas that’s the main cause, from the atmosphere can help slow down global warming. This work undergoes various approaches to the existing process, and makes it economically happen, although it is at its initial stage for now and is yet to be taken to the industrial process.
Researchers have found a dramatically speed up way to boost up the process of producing Magnesite that bags CO2. If this can make it to the industrial level, then it can open doors in removing carbon dioxide from atmosphere for a prolonged storage, and ending up the challenge against the effect of global warming. This work has been presented at the Boston’s Goldsmith conference. Scientists have rolled their sleeves to slow down the process of global warming, but there serious economic and practical limitations to develop this technology. But now for the first time researchers have an explanation to this formation. By using polystyrene microspheres as a catalyst, Magnesite would be formed within 72 days. The microsphere themselves remain as it is when the production process takes place, thus theoretically they can used. This process happens at room temperature and that means the production of Magnesite is literally energy efficient. This process is much quicker than the existing one, which takes over hundreds of years.
Formation of Magnesite can happen through peridotite’s talc carbonate metasomatism and some other ultramafic rocks. As of now this is an experimental process and needs to be scaled up before the researcher’s team can be sure of using Magnesite in the carbon sequestration.