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‘Synthetic tree’ claims to catch carbon in the air


June 22, 2009
By Hilary Whiteman | CNN.com

carbontreeJune 22, 2009 – London, England – Scientists in the United States are
developing a "synthetic tree" capable of collecting carbon around 1,000
times faster than the real thing.

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A conceptual design of how the
"synthetic tree" might look should
they ever reach the stage of production.
 

June 22, 2009 –London, England – Scientists in the United States are
developing a "synthetic tree" capable of collecting carbon around 1,000
times faster than the real thing.

As the wind blows though plastic "leaves," the carbon is trapped in a chamber, compressed and stored as liquid carbon dioxide.

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The technology is similar to that used to capture carbon from flue
stacks at coal-fired power plants, but the difference is that the
"synthetic tree" can catch carbon anytime, anywhere.

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