Scientists have found a new and efficient way to convert these gases back into solid coal. A team of scientists in Australia discovered the method
. “While we can’t literally turn back time, turning carbon dioxide back into coal and burying it back in the ground is a bit like rewinding the emissions clock,” Dr. Daeneke mentioned through RMIT Australia’s website.
According to a report, scientists have been able to find a way which lets them convert the Carbon Dioxide from air directly into coal. Carbon Dioxide is a gas given off in the air when fossil fuels are burned in the combustion process. The gas is also known to damage nervous systems if there is too much of this gas in the air.
This is reverse process the process uses a liquid metal electrocatalyst containing particles of cerium metal to convert CO2 gas into solid coal form. Using this liquid metal has enabled scientists to make this process financially and industrially viable as it previously required extremely high temperatures.