The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 176, Issue 1, pp 93–106 | Cite as

Capture of carbon dioxide from ambient air

  • K.S. Lackner


Carbon dioxide capture from ambient air could compensate for all carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. Such capture would, for example, make it possible to use liquid, carbon-based fuels in cars or airplanes without negatively impacting the climate. We present a specific approach based on a solid sorbent in the form of an anionic exchange resin, that absorbs carbon dioxide when dry and releases it when exposed to moisture. We outline a particular implementation of such a moisture swing and discuss the scale of the collectors, the energy consumption, and the indirect carbon dioxide emissions related to the operation of carbon dioxide capture devices.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K.S. Lackner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.NY GRT LLCTucsonUSA

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