For the first time in the World, Saudi Aramco’s Research and Development Center (R&DC) has developed and tested a prototype vehicle demonstrating the viability of capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is expected to reduce the potential impact of combustion engines on the environment.
In a short time span of 18 months, R&DC conceived the idea, completed the design and made the prototype pickup vehicle, demonstrating that the concept will work. The results prove that the truck has a capacity to capture an average of 10 percent of CO2 emissions.
Project leader Esam Z. Al-Hamad explains that the technology reduces emissions by separating and storing CO2 from the exhaust stream , avoiding impacting the performance or engine design. Heat that is normally wasted, is used to power this.
Saudi Aramco and other research centers have been conducting studies on methods to benefit from the stored CO2. The idea is to have cars implement this technology so as to unload CO2 while refueling.