How to build a board to cut down on carbon dioxide emissions
By 2020, most of the world’s coal plants are slated to shut down, and the demand for power is expected to continue to grow.
The question is: how much can you cut down before they’re gone?
In order to get a good idea of how much CO2 can be cut down in the coming decades, scientists from around the world have been studying the carbon content of the carbon-containing woody biomass known as coal.
In a study published this week in the journal Nature Communications, scientists at the University of California, Irvine, and a handful of other universities looked at a handful known as the “composites” or “gridded” boards.
A typical board contains a combination of two layers of wood and coal.
It has a carbon-neutral carbon footprint of between 50 and 100 grams of carbon dioxide per board.
The researchers say they’ve found a relatively small carbon footprint on these boards.
In order to create a composite board, the researchers used a laser beam to separate the wood from the coal.
That laser beam allowed them to measure the carbon dioxide content of each board in the composite, and then determine the percentage of carbon it contained.
The composite boards measured about 5% carbon dioxide.
For comparison, the average carbon footprint for a conventional wood-burning power plant is 20%, according to a 2011 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon in a piece of wood when it is not burned, and it includes all the carbon in the air that has been emitted by the wood.
The researchers estimate that a typical composite board could cut down carbon dioxide by about 10% over the next 10 years, while also reducing CO2 emissions by about 2% a year.
The study estimates that a composite wood board could reduce the carbon footprint by 1.3 grams of CO2 over the course of its lifetime, compared to a conventional board.
And if the board were manufactured from a variety of materials, the reduction could be as high as 10% a decade.
The scientists used this technology to calculate the carbon emissions from the composite boards they studied, which were then combined with other data.
The combined analysis revealed that a board made from composite wood could cut carbon dioxide in half over the 20-year timeframe.
The resulting composite would also cut down CO2 by about 7% a month over the 10-year period.
This is not the first time that researchers have used lasers to look at carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in wood.
In 2016, researchers from Harvard University used lasers in a study to determine how much carbon dioxide was being released into the atmosphere by wood-cutting machines.
Researchers measured the amount of wood-derived carbon dioxide emitted from the machines and then combined that with data on the carbon footprints of trees that had been burned.
That combined analysis showed that a wood-fired machine could emit about 3.8 grams of C02 per ton of wood.
While the study is a preliminary one, the authors say it shows that wood-based composite boards could be a viable option for reducing carbon emissions.
The cost of making a board is low, and materials used are typically wood and plastic, which have relatively low carbon footprints.
The paper also suggests that using a wood board may actually improve the efficiency of a machine that burns coal.
“This study shows that the cost and cost effectiveness of wood composite boards has the potential to dramatically improve the carbon sequestration capability of conventional power plants,” said Jürgen Riester, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine.
“As more conventional power sources become available, wood- and coal-fired power plants will be less expensive to build and operate.”