While Brussels is buzzing (is it?) about the launch of ‘Green Week 2009’, the European Commission’s yearly flagship conference on green policies, CNN is reporting on research carried out by American scientists to develop a “synthetic tree” capable of collecting carbon around 1,000 times faster than the real thing.

The technology being developed at the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University is similar to that used in coal-fired power plants, except that the “synthetic tree” technology allows for carbon to be collected anytime, anywhere.

The research team aims to go after “CO2 that otherwise is nearly impossible to collect”, i.e. applying the technology to applications such as gasoline in cars or jet fuel in air planes.

It sounds like a good idea and apparently the technology is relatively cost-efficient. Perhaps this is one of the technologies the EU could employ to create a carbon-free society by 2050?

– Emil

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