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The old saying ?fighting fire with fire? may be true or not depending upon the situation, but if someone told you the best way to fight (carbon-based) gas is with another gas, you might raise a skeptical eyebrow or two. But that?s exactly what a Swedish engineering company is claiming: successful capture of carbon from carbon-based greenhouse gases via the use of a hydrogen-based gas.

Calling their gas a ?hydro-nano? gas (or hydrogen-atomic nano gas, HNG), the Sweden-based HydroInfra Technologies claims their technology ?instantly neutralizes carbon fuel pollution emissions.?

The company also states that its HNG is safe and cost effective (those claims, together with the anti-pollution factor, makes this a ?triple bottom line? type solution). HydroInfra is currently exploring ways to bring its technology to the marketplace. The company has already signed on to a joint venture to convert ships (which transport fossil fuel and emit carbon in the process) to using HNG.

If all the claims are true and field testing goes well, this could be a real ?game-changer? in the carbon sequestration game (though, as always, one must still store/contain the neutralized carbon products somehow). It may also disrupt current and planned  ?carbon credit? schemes.

Daniel Behr of HydroInfra offered a press statement, partly quoted here:

 ??given the massive amount of fossil fuel pollution emissions by power plants, shipping and other industry sectors, HNG provides a real solution and is already being hailed as one of the most effective and exciting green technologies the world has yet seen.?

The HNG technology was developed by former Volvo engineer Sven Erik and was based upon the Nobel Prize-winning research on hydrogen atoms and diatomic alkali by Yuan Tseh Lee (whom Erik met at a Nobel ceremony several years ago).

The company also plans to offer its technology to coal- or oil-burning power plants around the world, stating that inserting HNG into the exhaust system has been proven to completely reduce pollution emissions to zero. Governments eager to meet or exceed their reduction targets are also on their list.

Here in the US, it has been estimated (see: Space Daily) that some 1,200 power plants are scheduled to be shuttered due to high CO2 (and other) emissions. If implemented here in the US, these plant closings could be avoided, temporarily avoiding a potential power demand crisis that might ensue in some regions.

The HydroInfra technology is basically a type of ?scrubbing technology? utilizing three stages or phases of gas processing: hot, dry, and wet (in that order). The HNG  is added first to the stock (burned) fuel and then the emitted gas passes through the three phases, each successively reducing the pollutant content, with the final ?wet? phase eliminating any residual polluting emissions.

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The world is saved!! \o/

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We'll see how it goes but I'm pretty skeptical.

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Everything sounds better with these things used at one's leisure:

* nano

* graphene

* cloud

* next gen

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Everything sounds better with these things used at one's leisure:

* nano

* graphene

* cloud

* next gen

Better get my patent Nano graphene next gen cloud device ready then!

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The big questions are 1) cost of production vs alternatives and 2) does making it (power use etc.) create more carbon than it captures? Until the trades are done it's a pipe dream.

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^ The electric light bulb was also once a dream. ;)

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The big questions are 1) cost of production vs alternatives and 2) does making it (power use etc.) create more carbon than it captures? Until the trades are done it's a pipe dream.

 

You could always limit the production to areas where renewable energy is viable. 

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And what long term side-effects are there from using this?

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'Nano', so you know it's legit.

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And what long term side-effects are there from using this?

People get healthy. :p

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And what long term side-effects are there from using this?

 

Earth cools down apparently.

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And what long term side-effects are there from using this?

 

We all turn into zombies.

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And what long term side-effects are there from using this?

 

Sarah Palin becomes President of the USA. :p

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now what to do with all the carbon collected?

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until we find out this gets rid of CO2 but destroys the atmosphere in another way.....

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Even if this might be a useful new tool in our fight against CO2 emissions, let's not forget the many other problems posed by our dependence on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are highly flammable, explosive, toxic materials; their mass transportation poses problems we haven't solved yet, resulting in many catastrophes every year; it's not just the potential long-term problems but the very real human toll year after year, nevermind the whole geopolitical problem of securing the middle-eastern reserves. Moreover, fossil fuels are highly useful at many other things than simply burning them, and they're not renewable; our mass consumption of them stripes us of a precious, useful resource for the future.

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now what to do with all the carbon collected?

 

We would never run out of next generation recycled nano gen self lubricating low carbon emitting propelling pencils

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Even if this might be a useful new tool in our fight against CO2 emissions, let's not forget the many other problems posed by our dependence on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are highly flammable, explosive, toxic materials; their mass transportation poses problems we haven't solved yet, resulting in many catastrophes every year; it's not just the potential long-term problems but the very real human toll year after year, nevermind the whole geopolitical problem of securing the middle-eastern reserves. Moreover, fossil fuels are highly useful at many other things than simply burning them, and they're not renewable; our mass consumption of them stripes us of a precious, useful resource for the future.

Fossil fuels are dangerous we need to immediately switch to hydrogen ;)

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now what to do with all the carbon collected?

 

Make carbon nanotubes, of course! :rolleyes:

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