Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) August 10, 2007
Global Research Technologies, LLC (GRT) is continuing to refine ACCESS™, its air-capture technology product named for the initials in the phrase "Atmospheric Carbon CapturE SystemS." GRT's proof-of-concept successes have established that the firm is on its way to designing and building patented air-capture technology that will eventually enable the removal of millions of tons of CO2 a day from the earth's atmosphere. GRT is also refining its long-term business model and working to integrate large numbers of future ACCESS units into markets that produce and use CO2. GRT is a research and development company dedicated to the commercialization of products and processes with a positive energy and environmental impact.
ACCESS units have this advantage: they can be located anywhere -- far from CO2-emitting smokestacks and far from populated and scenic areas. Yet if desired, they can also be located adjacent to end-use markets. Full-scale models of future commercial ACCESS units will be approximately the size of shipping containers. Each will be able to remove a ton of CO2 a day. Smaller-scale versions of ACCESS units are envisioned for use by end-users requiring less CO2 captured for their processes or products.
GRT President Allen Wright notes, "ACCESS units will be beneficial in two ways. First, ACCESS will take the CO2 out of the atmosphere where the buildup is causing ever more severe climate change problems. Second, we will turn around and provide that captured CO2 to end-user markets. This will ultimately include permanent carbon sequestration. I'm pleased and proud that we will be able to fulfill our charge to the Gary Comer Foundation, which funded our start-up."
GRT is actively working to integrate ACCESS units within industries that will produce environmental benefits from their use of captured CO2. For example, today's Indoor Agriculture (greenhouse) sector requires special natural gas and propane generators to produce CO2. In the future, these same facilities can install ACCESS units to locally capture CO2, or purchase ACCESS-generated CO2, for use in greenhouses around the world.
The oil industry is another industry that is a potential end-user of ACCESS units. The process of injecting CO2 into oil fields, forcing trapped petroleum to the surface where it can be pumped out, is called Enhanced Oil Recovery, or EOR. The Department of Energy estimates that CO2-based technologies can help recover 89 billion barrels of additional oil on the United States continent. The ability to extract those stranded reserves may help ease our dependence on foreign oil.
Klaus Lackner, Ph.D., one of the visionaries behind the GRT system's design and a member in the company, explained, "Carbon-based fuels can be used with minimal climate consequences provided the CO2 they produce when combusted is removed from the atmosphere. GRT's ACCESS will make it possible to rely on fossil fuels in the transportation sectors without increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere." Professor Lackner is also the Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University.
ABOUT GLOBAL RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIES:
Global Research Technologies, LLC (GRT) is a research and development company dedicated to the commercialization of air-capture technology. GRT believes that its successful efforts place it in the foremost position among carbon capture solutions. 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 in Tucson, AZ, 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
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