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Organic agents offer innovation

Capturing CO2 directly from the air could lead to negative emissions, but more efficient technologies are still required. Now, researchers use a multi-stage cycle based on amino acids and organic salts to capture CO2 from air, which can be released with concentrated solar power.

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Fig. 1: Process path for CO2 extraction from ambient air to produce a concentrated CO2 product.


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The author holds stock in a company that pursues direct air capture. The company is privately held and deploys technology different from that disclosed in ref. 2. The author has no managerial control of the company.

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Jones, C.W. Organic agents offer innovation. Nat Energy 3, 539–540 (2018).

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