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Latest Invention: Synthetic Tree to Collect Huge Amounts of CO2

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The latest invention of researchers from Columbia University is an artificial tree that is able to capture carbon dioxide a thousand times faster that a real tree. The lead researcher and a professor of geophysics at Columbia University, Klaus Lackner, has been developing the project for over 10 years and holds hope that the artificial tree will be a very important tool for tackling climate change.

Scientists will use their latest invention to trap greenhouse gas emitted by vehicles or airplanes. The synthetic tree, which resembles a cylinder, will not require direct sunlight, water of branches to work properly. According to Lackner, the tree is flexible in size and can be placed almost anywhere.

Here's how it works: the synthetic tree gathers the greenhouse gas on a sorbent, cleans and pressures the carbon dioxide and then releases it. The technique of gas absorption resembles that of a sponge that collects water.

During a whole day one artificial tree will be able to collect one ton of CO2, which equals to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by 20 cars. The technology is currently in the development stage at Global Research Technologies, a company based in Tucson, Arizona, co-founded by Lackner, who at the moment is its chairman. Such invention might serve well for the environment by it is quite costly - each synthetic tree requires $30,000 to make, reports CNN.

Data presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that currently in the United States there are about 135,932,930 vehicles, which means that in order to absorb the amount of carbon emitted by these cars, the country would need to "plant" 6.8 million synthetic trees (that's $204 billion). With the current global economic crisis the project will probably remain in the development stage for some time. Still, Lackner and his team look forward to push their latest invention full-force. The researcher managed to arrange a meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to talk about the concept.

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37 votes

//23 Nov 15, 2011 02:47 PM | posted by: future engineer
how it's work??? where can i find more info about this tree?
35 votes

//22 Oct 19, 2011 04:03 PM | posted by: jay-ar
Good idea but what happen to the natural trees if CO2 are already sucked by this artificial trees? we should knwo that these natural trees need CO2 for existence.
24 votes

//21 Oct 06, 2011 11:40 AM | posted by: marc
what sorbent are you using to absorb Co2?...answer please...
32 votes

//20 May 07, 2011 06:29 PM | posted by: Mary Jane
Just wondering where the unwanted gases go after the said synthetic tree collected it...
29 votes

//19 Feb 28, 2011 08:19 PM | posted by: nevetha
wow its great to hear n c such a great inventions by sir lulackner which is sure 2 support r current global crisis.
34 votes

//18 Feb 11, 2011 10:15 AM | posted by: monmon
wow nice,,
22 votes

//17 Oct 23, 2010 02:21 PM | posted by: soha
interesting but we need more information and more explanation about it ..
32 votes

//16 Oct 09, 2010 08:41 AM | posted by: jil
plz help me in my project about synthetitree to collect
31 votes

//15 Aug 20, 2010 06:58 AM | posted by: gel
great invention...it minimize that unwanted gas...what if you have a car you are required to buy your own synthetic tree...nice...3 cars=3 trees.....
33 votes

//14 Aug 19, 2010 05:01 PM | posted by: JITENDER raghav
i like this invention .
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36 votes

//13 Aug 16, 2010 09:10 AM | posted by: vaibhav
what about so2 and other pollutants . cant there be any device which can decrease the inhalation of these pollutants?
25 votes

//12 Aug 09, 2010 08:22 PM | posted by: nasser
i think,the major players, desicion maker wouldnt b interested.seriously. it cause against their interest of money making!! i'm conveiced!!
36 votes

//11 Jun 19, 2010 09:56 AM | posted by: sandy
i agree to mr january 25, 2010.. what will happen to the collected carbon dioxide?..where will the C02 go?.. but i hope it will work.
32 votes

//10 Feb 19, 2010 12:51 PM | posted by: abhi
this is the very good invention we can also some new thing like we can produce the more clouds with the help of the seawater and dust so we can reflect the sunlighte more efficiently just thing about it???????????????????????????????????????????????
36 votes

//9 Jan 25, 2010 11:04 AM | posted by: vbt
i have one que!!!!! what it will do after collecting the co2!!!!! i mean we all know that natural trees uses co2 for production of glucoz!!!!! what abt artificial tree???!!!!
30 votes

//8 Jan 20, 2010 03:07 PM | posted by: Parv
It means we play With Nature........
24 votes

//7 Dec 16, 2009 06:53 AM | posted by: kaii
This invention sounds like it has potential, but I think a better understanding of global warming is needed before it is put into action.
35 votes

//6 Dec 04, 2009 02:33 PM | posted by: leet1337
It is not co2 that couse the problem, with global warming. Actually just the sea prduces more than 10 times more co2 than humanity, and this is because of the sun. The sun varies heat, for the amount of sunspots on the sun.
All through history the temperature has vaired alot. The earth have had hot times like these before, and the planet didn't collapse of that. Also when the sea is cold, it stores the co2 in the water, while when it's hot, it releases the co2 again. The glaciers melt down, but they will rebuild, when the environment gets warmer.
24 votes

//5 Oct 03, 2009 03:02 PM | posted by: marium
a very good invention
yes we will celan the enviroment
39 votes

//4 Sep 20, 2009 02:35 PM | posted by: malvika
good invention
30 votes

//3 Sep 20, 2009 09:30 AM | posted by: harshil
this invetion is really very good.
it help to save from global worming and green house efffect.
36 votes

//2 Sep 02, 2009 02:22 PM | posted by: PRANSHU DWIVEDI
it's good.idea ...to collect huge ammount of co2.........by this we can also decrease......a tonnes of co2
33 votes

//1 Jul 26, 2009 12:34 PM | posted by: rohit manoj arey [InfoWILD]
its quite nice to know about this its an really gud invention to hear about this kind of inventions to decrease the co2 content in environment

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