India produces baking powder from carbon dioxide

Jan 13th, 2017

Indian manufacturers have learned to produce baking powder from carbon dioxide using a coal-powered boiler. A plant of Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals, a company that manufactures fertilisers, gets carbon dioxide from the boiler and uses it for making soda ash.

This technology is the first in the world that involves the extraction of CO2 and other impurities from coal which are infeeded into the mixture of ammonia and salt to make baking soda.

Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals has created this technology in the framework of the start-up project called Carbon Clean Solutions. The solution implies the promotion of the new method of carbon dioxide separation.

Aiming to reduce global warming effect the scientists are in a rush to break through with a technology that can absorb and extract CO2. The biggest source of CO2 emissions is thermal power stations which overabound the globe. According to the environmentalists and researchers, the polluting emissions are to be captured and sequestrated to keep global warming under control. It is critical to creating such method especially when fossil fuels are still dominating. While the scientists are looking for solutions to replace fossil fuels, other researchers together with the manufacturers should focus on emission abatement. A new Indian method of capturing CO2 is just the way out which has followed the lead of British scientists who discovered the technology of turning greenhouse gas into chalk.

Ramachadran Gopalan, a Tuticorin owner, in the interview to BBC, admitted the fact that he had never had in his mind of a businessman the idea of protecting the environment. All he needed was a reliable stream of CO2 and got it due to the development of the new technology. At the moment the process of making baking soda at the Tuticorin plant is fully functional and the company plans to make the baking soda and other chemical products by converting 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide on an annual basis.