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Liverpool John Lennon Airport Experimenting with Carbon Capture Technology


Pretty soon, Liverpool John Lennon Airport will have more than just a cool namesake— it will also have experimental carbon capture technology. The airport has teamed with UK-based start-up Origo Industries to launch a program that will capture CO2 emissions from the terminal building.

Captured emissions will be recycled through a photo-bioreactor (PBR) to create algae-based biofuel that will power the airport’s ground vehicles.

The process works by taking captured CO2 and filtering it through Origo’s “Ecobox” into the PBR, where it is recycled into biofuel. Remaining biomass goes through a drying process and is put in a burner to heat the airport and supply hot water.

Origo’s system will be installed in January and will provide up to 250 liters of biofuel each day. If the system is successful, the airport may install a larger unit that could generate up to 3,000 liters per day.

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