Drinking coffee in the morning is a favorite past time for many people around the globe. For most of these, this is not just a fun activity, but rather a necessity otherwise they couldn’t even function. Because of this widespread popularity of coffee around the world, many studies have been made regarding the health benefits and the dangers that coffee brings to a human body.
More recently however, a discovery made by some researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea, proves that coffee grounds can now clean Carbon Emissions from the air. This annoying side effect of coffee drinking – can be recycled into carbon capture material, thus helping to rid the atmosphere of harmful greenhouse gases.
The best thing is that these coffee grounds are already produced in large quantities all around the globe. This makes them extremely cheap and thus the new carbon cleaning material is a pretty cost-effective approach to a really big problem.
In order to create this material, scientists steep used coffee grounds in a potassium hydroxide solution and then heating the mixture to 65 °C (149 °F). They dry out that material and then use an argon-atmospheric furnace to super-heat it, which activates its carbon-capturing capabilities. The whole process takes less than a day.
Cleaning the atmosphere of greenhouse gases is a key challenge for humanity as a whole and this coffee based creation, which is specifically designed to capture methane, could be a real game changer. The thing is that the research team isn’t quite sure how it works, they just know that it does and the whole thing is still in its testing phases. We just hope that they’ll be able to find the correct answers and make the material work as good as possible so it can be used in the future.
We believe that one day soon we’ll be able to drink a cup of joe and breath in only fresh air, all thanks to our favorite morning beverage.