SYDNEY, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A mineral carbonation research pilot plant will be built at the University of Newcastle in Australia to trial new carbon capture technology, the university said Friday.
At the only research plant of its kind in the world, carbon dioxide emissions will be turned into carbonate rock "bricks" for use in the construction industry as building materials.
The new method for permanently and safely storing carbon emissions generated from fossil fuels and other industrial processes will help companies meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets while also creating new green building products.
The university said the 9 million AU dollar (8.1 million U.S. dollar) project will be jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales (NSW) governments and chemicals manufacturer Orica.
The plant will use CO2 captured at Orica's manufacturing facility in Newcastle, NSW.
The project will be managed by Mineral Carbonation International, a partnership between the university's commercial arm Newcastle Innovation, the GreenMag Group and Orica.
"The technology is proven in the lab and we now want to see if we can scale it to reduce the cost to be in line with a future carbon price," Mineral Carbonation International Chief Executive Officer John Dawe said.