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UT, Honeywell team up on carbon recapture technology: Report

The technology has been decades in the making. If used in a typical coal-fired power plant, the carbon dioxide captured would be equivalent to 725,000 cars.

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is helping develop technology aimed at giving companies better ways to fight climate change, according to a report from KVUE's media partners at the Austin American-Statesman

The Statesman reported that UT has teamed up with Honeywell to commercialize carbon recapture technology, which is "a patented process to recapture carbon dioxide that is emitted by industrial operations such as coal-fired power plants and cement-making plants."

"We need a real range of solutions to tackle climate change. Some people like to only focus on transportation or electrification – and that's one thing we need – but we need a range of solutions across all the industries to solve climate change,” Ben Owens, vice president and general manager of Honeywell's Sustainable Technology Solutions business, told the Statesman. “We see this as ... one of the critical technologies that goes after key industries.”

Tackling emissions in the steel, cement and power-generation industries is critical, Owens said.

The Statesman also spoke with UT's team lead, Dr. Gary Rochelle, who has been working on science related to air-pollution control from power plants since 1970, and has been working on this specific solvent solution since 2000. 

"The work that we did is intended to be generic work. So it's useful for anybody and everybody who's working on these things," Rochelle said. "But the process we've developed has some unique innovations and those innovations are packaged into this technology." 

To read the Statesman's full report, click here.

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