In southern Indian industrial city of Tuticorin the air will be a bit cleaner from now on, as a local industrial plant has started capturing its own carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and putting them to good use.
Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals has been producing soda ash (sodium carbonate) for decades. Now they’ve implemented a new carbon capture technology, allowing them to utilise CO2 emissions from their own coal-powered boiler as part of the manufacturing process.
The company is expected to scrub 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, turning the pollutant into a commercially viable product. The sodium-based chemicals produced at the plant are widely used in glass manufacturing, household detergents, food and many other applications.
This development is one of the latest examples of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), a commercially-focused approach that differs from the already established practice of carbon capture and storage (CCS), which …