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Can carbon capture solve desalination’s waste problem?

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🗞️ Driving the news: Capture6, a startup, proposes an innovative solution to desalinate water while addressing climate change
Their technology aims to store carbon dioxide in the toxic brine produced by desalination plants

🔭 The context: Desalination plants are criticized for their energy-intensive process and harmful brine byproduct
Capture6's method involves a carbon-capture facility near a desalination plant, using the brine to store carbon dioxide and also produce fresh water, thus reducing both greenhouse gas concentration and pollution

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This approach could significantly reduce the environmental impact of desalination and contribute to carbon capture efforts
If successful, it offers a dual benefit of mitigating water scarcity and addressing climate change, particularly in drought-affected areas

⏭️ What's next: The pilot facility in Korea will start on a small scale, capturing 1,000 tons of carbon per year, and if successful this project could influence similar initiatives globally
The larger goal is to capture 500,000 tons annually by 2026, highlighting ambitious plans for growth and environmental impact

💬 One quote: “What we are trying to do is really to decarbonize the water sector” (Leo Park, Vice President for Strategic Development at Capture6)

📈 One stat: The pilot project is expected to yield about 14 million gallons of fresh water, enough to supply around 80 homes

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