Coastal enhanced silicate weathering

Investigating the potential for CO2 drawdown in coastal environments

The Challenge

Preventing the release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere will not be enough to meet set climate targets (The Paris Agreement, UNFCCC). Active removal using negative emissions technologies (NETs) will be essential.

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The Idea

When silicate minerals are chemically weathered, a slow dissolution process is initiated. By artificially increasing the weathering rate of silicate minerals, “enhanced silicate weathering” aims to speed up the natural CO2 neutralization process.

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The Project

The potential of enhanced silicate weathering in coastal environments (coastal ESW) is being investigated within an interdisciplinary Belgian-funded project involving three research institutions and three commercial partners.

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The Infrastructure

Unique mesocosm facilities enable close tracking of silicate dissolution dynamics in a natural setting, while offering the possibility to test different application scenarios.

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About Us

Prof. Filip Meysman heads Belgian’s research on coastal enhanced silicate weathering.

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University of Antwerp
Campus Drie Eiken
Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium

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