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Carbon capture and storage to be monitored by cosmic rays

(16 September 2013)

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BBC News discusses the promising potential of a technology being developed at Durham University to use cosmic rays to monitor CO2 storage sites.

BBC News discusses the promising potential of a technology being developed at Durham University to use cosmic rays to monitor COstorage sites. The DEI’s Professor Jon Gluyas gave a talk at the British Science Festival last week explaining how Muon tomography could be used as a much cheaper and more reliable method for monitoring deep carbon repositories used in Carbon Capture and Storage. Carbon, which is captured from fuel burning at the power station, is pumped back down into deep rocks to minimise the greenhouse gases' impact on Earth's atmosphere, oceans and climate. Monitoring the CO2 to ensure that it stays within the storage site is essential.

To read more on the story go to BBC News: Carbon Capture and Storage to be Monitored by Cosmic Rays.

To find out more about the project go to DEI Muon Tomography project page.