The most important engineering innovations of 2019
Mechanical “trees” offer an effective way to counteract the dangerous buildup of greenhouse gases — specifically carbon dioxide — in the atmosphere, which is exacerbating the detrimental impacts of climate change. A “forest” of these trees designed by a tech investment startup company and ASU researchers led by Fulton Schools Professor Klaus Lackner, director of the university’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, promises to remove more carbon dioxide from the air than any other similar endeavor to date. The pilot project the company is planning to install in California could capture emissions each day equivalent to those produced by more than 1,800 households. Read more.
See also: Popular Science picks ASU professor’s ‘MechanicalTree’ as a 2019 top technology, ASU NOW, December 5