Human enzyme could hold key to reducing power plant emissions

03/10/2010 |

Scientists are trying to find a more efficient method of capturing carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants by studying the way the human body captures carbon dioxide from cells and discharges it into the atmosphere. Funded by the Department of Energy's ARPA-E program, researchers at United Technologies are studying the chemistry of an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase and how to "use it in the unnatural environment of power plant flue gas," said UTC researcher Harry Cordatos.

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