Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, is Getting into the Carbon Capture Business
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and the current Person of the Year for Time magazine, is frequently accused of ignoring Earth issues to pursue his private space projects. On several aspects, the charge is false. Musk, after all, is the CEO of an electric vehicle firm. The space entrepreneur has introduced a new venture on Twitter that might prove that travelling into space can also improve the Earth.
Musk‘s suggestion has fascinating implications for the problem, as well as the allegations that he intends to quit Earth and live on Mars. The initiative will not only aid in the mitigation of climate change on Earth, but it will also assist Musk to achieve his goal of establishing a settlement on Mars.
Musk’s rocket, manufactured by SpaceX in Boca Chica, Texas, has liquid methane and liquid oxygen engines. On the International Space Station (ISS), NASA utilizes the Sabatier system to provide water to the crew. The methane is released from the International Space Station.
The first component of Musk’s idea, pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere, will almost certainly be more difficult. The assumption that capturing carbon from the atmosphere will cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent climate change is controversial. According to Techcrunch, Climeworks in Iceland is working on one such concept. Currently, a tonne of carbon dioxide is removed for between $600 and $800, which is believed as too costly. To make the project more economically viable, Climeworks hopes to cut the cost to between $100 and $200 per metric tonne (also known as tonne).
In any event, for his planned Mars civilization, Musk is keen on developing both carbon absorption from the air and Sabatier technology. The plan is to collect CO2 from the Martian atmosphere and hydrogen from water ice, transforming them into rocket fuel for spacecraft returning to Earth from Mars.
Musk has financially supported a $100 million X-Prize to foster the growth of carbon capture technologies.
If and when a direct air capture solution is found, it will be a win-win situation. One or more technologies will be accessible to human civilization that will go a long way toward resolving the climate catastrophe. Musk will have a supply of CO2 to produce his rocket fuel and pursue his grand plan to construct a Mars civilization and return people to the moon and a variety of other objectives.