Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new battery, partly made from carbon dioxide collected from power plants, with the potential to convert carbon dioxide into solid metal carbonate during discharge, although it is in the initial stages of industrialization and not for commercial sale.
The researchers believe that these new batteries could open up new avenues for designing electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion reactions, which could eventually help reduce the emission of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
The battery is designed from lithium and carbon. At present, power plants equipped with carbon capture systems use up to 30% of the electricity they generate to collect, release and store carbon dioxide.
The researchers said any development could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide collection or any valuable product and significantly change the economics of these systems.