Just how hard is it to capture carbon?

Posted November 17, 2017

Exxon Mobile recently released an online game to learn more about capturing carbon:

The electricity we depend on in our daily lives is mostly generated by power plants that produce CO2 emissions when operating. And, while that byproduct is greatly reduced for plants running natural gas – instead of coal – as a fuel, scientists are hoping to curb those emissions even further through carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Carbon capture is essentially what it sounds like – removing low concentrations of CO2 from the exhaust of a power plant before it enters the atmosphere. Current technologies consume more power, which means even more power has to be produced, which means more CO2 has to be captured.

So how hard is it? Try your hand at this interactive game: