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How can we capture carbon and make use of emissions?
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As the world changes and our understanding of fossil fuels grows deeper, we have to stay committed to refocusing on renewable energy sources. But making such a dramatic shift takes time and must be executed carefully. As wind and hydrogen power become more appealing, something must be done with the existing power plants that have burned fossil fuels since the beginning. 

We want to redesign or reimagine the existing power plants to burn cleaner fossil fuels during this time of transition. How can we capture the carbon released and use it in a way that is efficient and cleaner for the environment? 

You will find HERE an example of a power plant layout. When innovating new ways to capture and harvest the carbon emitted, your creative solution must be feasible as the power plants are today. This is not about completely redesigning existing power plants, but rather about making the safest, most efficient use of the emissions that are still released from exhausts today. 


Help us create new ways of capturing and utilizing carbon emissions from our power plant. Specifically, answer the following: 

  1. What’s your great idea for capturing carbon emissions from existing power plants today?
  2. What mechanism would you use to safely capture emissions?
  3. What would you use the captured emissions for? What problem would it solve?
  4. How does your idea ensure that emissions are being captured and used safely rather than causing more damage to the environment? 

NOTE: Generally speaking, it is CO2, nitrogen, CO, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate matter that is emitted from a power plant. While your solution can focus on capturing any/all of these, CO2 is the obvious starting point.

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • 1-10 scale
Reward Tiers
Top 10%
will share $1,000
Next 15%
will share $400
Next 25%
will share $200
Actual individual rewards will be based on the total number of eligible solutions.
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