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MIT Is Developing A Battery That Eats Carbon Dioxide

By Koty Neelis

Researchers at MIT may have found an innovative way to reduce greenhouse gases from getting into the atmosphere. A new type of battery they're working on could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. 

Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialized chemicals using metal catalysts, which is currently a very difficult process, this battery could continuously convert carbon dioxide into a solid mineral carbonate as it discharges. The battery is made out of lithium metal, carbon, and an electrolyte that the researchers designed.

MIT said in a release that although they're still in early-stage research and far from commercial deployment, the new battery formulation could open up new avenues for tailoring electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion reactions. The innovation could ultimately help reduce the emission of the greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.