â??Carbon dioxide is very stable, so normally itâ??s very typical to convert carbon dioxide to another useful compound. We found a way to convert carbon dioxide into carbon nitride with energy release,â?? said Yun Hang Hu, Michigan Tech professor.
That energy releases enough heat to melt rocks, and energy at that level can be used as a clean source of energy.
Every time you turn on your car, you could be contributing to climate change because greenhouse gasses enter the atmosphere. The United States consumes 20 million barrels of oil per day, and scientists from Michigan Tech are trying to find ways to reduce our use of fossil fuels.
â??The single biggest contribution to carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is power plants. We get electricity from a power plant by burning coal,â?? Hang Hu said.
Power plants burn coal which contains carbon dioxide, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, fossil fuel-fired power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the nationâ??s emissions, and most of it is coal.
Michigan Tech scientists say if they can capture the carbon dioxide from a power plant, then that could reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses going into the atmosphere and fight global warming.
For now the process is only in the beginning stages, but Professor Yun Hang Hu says the process works. The next step is to experiment on a much larger scale.