CCN: Carbon Capture & Neutralization

Dr. Nurmia’s most notable invention is the neutralization of CO2. This revolutionary invention uses feldspar, common all over the world, to processes environmentally harmful carbon dioxide into harmless bicarbonates. The CO2 is washed from compressed or otherwise high-content flue or other gas into a stream of water.

The resulting acidic liquid is neutralized with feldspar. As an extra benefit of this process, each ton of CO2 produces up to two tons of bauxite, than can be further refined into aluminum oxide (alumina) currently selling at 400 $ US per ton on the global market. The CCN-process also gives us a cost-effective method of extracting lithium, a high-demand metal for the battery industry, from spodumene. Combining a Cuycha oxygen-enrichment-unit with the CCN-process cuts emissions at the source: the furnace. Utilizing both technologies can reduce carbon emissions over 90%. Using CO2-neutralization with aluminum production in an ultra-low-emission power-plant combined with an adapted Bayer-process for refining bauxite into alumina, can drastically reduce the energy consumption and harmful byproducts of current aluminum manufacture processes.

Large-scale application of this CCN technique is likely to revolutionize the production of many rare and strategic elements such as lithium, rare earths, and heavy metals like tantalum. They are currently produced from highly concentrated occurrences, many of which are located in distant and/or politically unstable parts of the world. Silicate minerals often contain these rare elements in amounts too small to justify their extraction by conventional methods. The CCN technique provides a low-cost way to process large amounts of silicate minerals, and by selecting the silicates for their content of these rare elements one can develop valuable byproducts while eliminating harmful CO2 emissions. With emission-standards tightening every day and global warming a real threat, carbon emissions are a truly hot topic.