India -- A chemical plant in India has learned how to convert its carbon emissions into baking soda.
The chemical plant has found a process that will turn its 60,000 tons of carbon emissions into baking soda and other chemicals. They say that it can also be used for coal-fired power plants.
The system is running without subsidies from the government. This could be a profitable business. "I am a businessman. I never thought about saving the planet," said managing director of the plant, Ramachadran Gopalan. "I needed a reliable stream of CO2, and this was the best way of getting it."
The system was invented by London-based Carbon Clean Solutions. They received finance from a British entrepreneur. The process takes a patented chemical which filters out the CO2 molecules.
The Indian chemical plant, Tuticorin Alkai Chemicals, runs a coal-fired burner that makes steam that powers it chemical manufacturing processes. A mist of Carbon Clean's chemical separates the CO2 emmissions in the chimney. Those emissions are then fed into a chamber with salt and ammonia to make baking soda. The process can also be used to make detergents, disinfectants, and sweeteners.
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