T.E.R.R.A. (The Economical Response to Reduce Air Pollution): A New Device for Facilitating the Sequestration and Mineralization of (CO2)
Luke Kenneth Gurrea1, Fern Rose Peregrino1, Joachim Regalado1 and Erika Eunice Salvador1
1Philippine Science High School Western Visayas Campus – Bito-on, Jaro, Iloilo City 5000, Philippines
The atmospheric level of carbon dioxide (CO2) has exceeded the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold in 2015, making global warming a concerning cause for alarm. To lessen carbon emissions, Nickel Nanoparticles (NiNPs) have been proven to catalyse mineral carbonation in a Calcium Hydroxide (Ca(OH)2) solution (Bhaduri Siller, 2012). This is seen as a viable method to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. However, this technology has not yet beenapplied in an actual device. T.E.R.R.A. (The Economical Response to Reduce Air Pollution) is a device which utilizes the catalytic effect of NiNPs and uses it to lessen the carbon emissions of vehicles. When tested in a laboratory setting, it was found that T.E.R.R.A. was able to sequester 82.5 percent of CO2 bubbled through. With lower pressure and improvements in the design, it is projected that higher amounts of CO2 may be sequestered by T.E.R.R.A., deeming it a feasible device for the mitigation of carbon emissions.