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Air pollution could become building material thanks to new pilot project

Carbon emissions could soon be stored permanently within bricks that can then be used within the construction industry. New research, taking place in a pilot plant at the University of Newcastle in Australia, will be trialling new processes that could help reduce air pollution by storing emissions created by the burning of fossil fuels.

A new mineral carbonation research plant is to be constructed at the University of Newcastle and will be used to look at ways of storing carbon emissions. The research aims to trial processes that may be able to turn air pollution into carbonate rock, which could then be used as a construction material.

If successful, not only will a new way of storing emissions, and therefore working to halt climate change, be created, but a new type of sustainable building material will be created that could have a number of different uses. 

The four-year project has secured AUS$9 (£5.2 million) million of funding from research company Orica and the New South Wales and Australian governments. The funding will cover the initial construction of the pilot plant and the research into using mineral carbonation techniques to store carbon emissions. Mineral Carbonation International (MCI) will be managing the project.

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