Tuscon, AZ (PRWEB) June 5, 2007
Global Research Technologies, LLC (GRT) has formally announced that its initial air-capture technology product will be the ACCESSTM unit. The acronym for the unit represents the initials in the phrase "Atmospheric Carbon CapturE SystemS," which highlights the unit's important decoupling of emission sources and capture sites. Widespread, international adoption of ACCESSTM units will make it possible for modern civilization to continue to use carbon-based liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel and yet avoid problematic climate change. Carbon-based fuels can be used with minimal climate consequences provided the CO2 they produce when burned is removed from the atmosphere, which the GRT ACCESSTM units will accomplish. GRT is a research and development company dedicated to the commercialization of products and processes with an energy and environmental impact.
GRT's ACCESSTM unit is generating extreme interest now that carbon dioxide is acknowledged to be the primary factor driving anthropogenic, or human-caused, climate change. GRT's President Allen Wright said, "Human beings have the ability to engineer our way out of a future climate change disaster. We are an engineering species with a great history of technological accomplishments. GRT is proving that with the right combination of chemical and engineering expertise, we can design air-capture technology that will not only reduce the existing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere that have accumulated from the past 150 years of industrialization, but we can also forestall newer buildups of CO2 today and in the future."
The initial work at GRT has been directed to developing and demonstrating systems to remove CO2, the major greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere. Until now, CO2 capture systems were sited at large point sources such as power plants. ACCESSTM units have the advantage of being able to be located anywhere--far from smokestacks, or far from populated and scenic areas and, yet if desired, adjacent to end-use markets. The ACCESSTM unit is constructed with "leaves" that form filter packages in the collector unit and a mild breeze blowing through the leaves initiates the capture process. Emissions from sources in Asia can be captured and removed from the air moving through the "leaves" of an ACCESSTM unit located in Europe.
Professor Klaus Lackner, the visionary behind the GRT system's design, and also Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University comments, "GRT's ACCESSTM unit will provide access to the existing high-performance, carbon-based fuels that drive our civilization. GRT's ACCESSTM unit will assure continued usage of the world's existing energy and transportation infrastructure."
GRT overcame one of the most difficult challenges in air capture when it developed for the ACCESSTM unit a proprietary method of separating CO2 and regenerating the capture sorbent. The process developed by GRT is essentially carbon neutral, a feature of great competitive advantage because a substantial extra amount of energy had been required for CO2 capture devices previously described in the technical literature. In short, the carbon dioxide that the ACCESSTM unit removes from the air is greater than that generated directly or indirectly by the system when operating. The ACCESSTM process represents a second sophisticated breakthrough because it uses a proprietary, effective sorbent that is not sodium hydroxide, making the material preferable to handle while also robust for field installation.
ABOUT GLOBAL RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIES:
Global Research Technologies, LLC (GRT) is a research and development company dedicated to the commercialization of air-capture technology. Its initial efforts have been directed to researching and developing systems to remove carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere. GRT believes that its success in these efforts places it in a foremost position in carbon capture. GRT was founded in 2004 on the vision of its president, Mr. Allen B. Wright, and Professor Klaus Lackner of Columbia University, and was originally funded by Gary Comer, the founder of Lands' End. The Company has grown to occupy a 10,000 square feet facility that houses administrative offices, a research laboratory and a prototype development and demonstration area.
Global Research Technologies Corporate Contact:
Allen B. Wright
Sandra Kay Helsel
SK Helsel & Associates