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Carbon Capture and Storage: What it is and How it is Used Today
ONC Editorial

Jun 10, 2023

This Explainer discusses several capture and storage methods to reduce the world's carbon footprint.

Countless methods of reducing the world’s carbon footprint have been developed, including carbon capture and storage. Carbon capture is most commonly used to reduce emissions coming from industrial sources such as mines, power stations and refineries. Carbon dioxide is taken directly from emitters and then transported to places where it can be stored deep underground.

There are multiple ways to go about capturing carbon. According to the British Geological Survey, the most popular method is to remove carbon dioxide from the air after it has been burned, a process known as post-combustion. This method has a strong appeal for the average worker, who can easily understand and execute it. The technology required to carry out this process is well-known and is used in multiple industrial fields. 

Carbon is also often transported through pipes, which is the cheapest method. The destination for the transported carbon is typically within a deep geological formation such as a saline formation. For this to work efficiently, the carbon dioxide must be converted into a liquid-like state; from there, the carbon dioxide is injected directly into the rock where it is to be stored.  

Sectors of industry all over the world have already taken up carbon capture and storage as a means of reducing their emission levels. To see all sources consulted and/or to learn more about author, Gabriella Klimov, click here.

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