Approximately 3 trillion barrels of oil are probably trapped in the world’s deposits of oil-shale, a dark-colored rock laden with petroleum-like material. The United States has apparently been the world’s largest deposits in the Green River Formation, which covers parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Investigators have now detected a novel technology that not only produces electricity, but also captures carbon dioxide to make billions of barrels of oil shale.
This newly developed technology can be seemingly made available as an energy source in a greenhouse world of the future. Estimations claim that the total domestic oil resource is 1.2 trillion to 1.8 trillion barrels. However, large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide may be released through current methods for extracting oil from shale. This appears as a major cause of worry and limits the usage of these deposits.
Well, the novel way reportedly generates energy from oil shale without producing greenhouse gases. Adam Brandt and colleagues mention that large amounts of electricity can now be generated without releasing carbon dioxide from burning the shale. The carbon can be seemingly captured and stored underground as part of the production process.
The research is published in ACS’ journal Energy & Fuels.