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Their solution captures CO2 from a plant's flue gases and converts it into soda ash (Na2CO3) - also known as baking soda. "Once captured," said Aniruddha Sharma, CEO and co-founder of Carbon Clean Solutions, "CO2 is converted into various chemicals, making carbon capture profitable and sustainable."
The Tuticorin project is a notable first test of the technology because it's both a method of reducing greenhouse gases and, for the Tuticorin power plant, a sound financial decision.
Tuticorin employees saw the technology demonstrated at various international demonstration sites, such as the Technology Center Mongstad in Norway and National Carbon Capture Center in the U.S.
"We were convinced that we could capture CO2 from their coal boiler at the lowest cost," Sharma said. "We are now capturing CO2 at less than $30 a ton. That is a price point so low that it makes business sense to convert the CO2 into a product." The plant now produces close to zero emissions.