Dissemination of MSCA project results for general public

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Carbon Dioxide Capture

Period15 Jul 2019

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleHuman blood can help rescue world’s climate
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletScience Nordic
    Media typePrint
    Duration/Length/Size~1200 words
    DescriptionThe human blood is composed of many biological chemicals and compounds. It transports nutrients and waste products like, carbon dioxide.

    Enzymes in blood (carbonic anhydrase) enzyme helps to capture CO2 from our various body parts and release it in our lungs in a pure form, where it is subsequently exhaled.

    The enzyme has some promising characteristics. It can carry on doing this process again and again and can easily work at normal conditions (i.e. like in the environment, we inhabit). When employed in existing carbon capture plants, the enzyme can capture CO2 forever.

    The process studied in the CERE labs at DTU imitates the human lungs. We have studied the carbonic anhydrase enzyme extensively (provided by Novozymes Inc.), for industrial carbon capture applications at DTU. The results are highly promising and indicate that a combination of enzyme with a carrier biological material can efficiently separate CO2 from the mixture of gases, and potentially promises energy savings and environmental sustainability.

    Our best estimation is that the process has the potential to disrupt the field of CO2 capture. Using bio-based molecules, we are almost creating artificial lungs for the world. We are now focusing on developing a bio based carbon capture and storage (Bio-CCS) process for the carbon capture plants. The new technology concept shall be available for first commercial use by the next decade.
    PersonsHumbul Suleman