Brilliant Planet wants to reduce CO2 emissions via capture technology

(Ecofin Agency) – After being cited as a model in the energy transition in the various climate reports published this year, Morocco is embarking on CO capture2. This process is seen as a complement to the use of clean energies in the fight against global warming.

In Morocco, the British startup Brilliant Planet has just launched a 30-hectare farm in the Sahara desert with the aim of capturing carbon from the air using algae. The company has created the conditions to capture carbon at low cost by using seawater and replicating the ideal growth conditions for algal blooms.

Raffael Jovine, co-founder of Brilliant Planet says “we use underutilized natural resources to grow new biomass and absorb excess carbon dioxide. Per unit area, this approach sequesters up to 30 times more carbon per year than tropical forests, while de-acidifying local coastal seawater to pre-industrial levels.” The farm and the entire facility will be powered by solar energy.

CO capture2 has become in recent years an option to slow down global warming. According to IFP Energies nouvelles, 21 large-scale facilities are currently operational around the world, sequestering around 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year. In Africa, South Africa will commission its first CO capture plant2 in 2023.

Abdullah Diop

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