SEAWATER DESALINATION AS A BENEFICIAL FACTOR OF CO2 SEQUESTRATION. Max, M.D.; Sheps, K.; Tatro, S.R.; Brazel, L.; Osegovic, J.P.
It is becoming increasingly recognized that the flood of anthropogenic CO2 into the atmosphere should be reduced in order to mitigate the Earth’s atmospheric greenhouse and slow climate change. If immediate action is required, then a number of greenhouse gas reduction strategies may need to be implemented even before complete study of their impacts can be fully understood. Energy production through combustion produces large amounts of CO2 in a relatively small number of locations at which CO2 capture and compression to a liquid, transportable form can be achieved. Physical disposal offers the best option for sequestering this waste CO2. Because of the costs of transportation, geological sequestration will be most applicable for one set of power plants, deep ocean sequestration may be most applicable for some others. In both cases, the sequestration processes can provide some economic benefits. Ocean CO2 disposal can produce desalinated, treated water as a byproduct.
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