Viva Cundliffe's carbon catcher may be the next step in green technology, if she has her way with it. Her catcher uses the carbon released by smokestacks and turns it into a product that can be burned again for energy.
The â€œcarbon catcherâ€ promoted by Viva Cundliffe promises huge savings to companies that emit carbon dioxide by breaking it down to its original components: oxygen and carbon.
That carbon is rendered into â€œblack carbon,â€ a coal-like material that can be burned again.
Experiments conducted by Cundliffe, an applied technologist, have been financed by a number of government agencies, including Natural Resources Canada, the B.C. government and the Interior Science and Innovation Council.
â€œWe just successfully proved this week a collection of black carbon from carbon dioxide,â€ Cundliffe said. â€œItâ€™s been done and itâ€™s a done deal.â€
Cundliffe has a testing facility on the cityâ€™s east side. She said sheâ€™s now seeking money from the provinceâ€™s Innovative Clean Energy Fund as well as Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust in an effort to move toward commercialization.
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