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How Filter Presses Reduce Emissions in the Environment Through Carbon Sequestration

By Michael Stock



At Evoqua our purpose is "transforming water, enriching life." One part of enriching life is encouraging sustainability in various industries. We are very proud of the role that our J-Press® filter presses are playing in making the power industry more sustainable as a part of the carbon sequestration process.


what is carbon sequestration?

Carbon sequestration is defined as "a natural or artificial process by which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and held in solid or liquid form."

The EPA describes carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) as, "a set of technologies that can greatly reduce CO2 emissions from new and existing coal and gas-fired power plants and large industrial sources."

CCS is a three-step process that includes:

  1. Capturing CO2 emitted by power plants or industrial processes
  2. Transporting the captured and compressed CO2
  3. Injecting the captured CO2 into rock formations deep underground

Want to learn more about the carbon sequestration process? Visit the EPA's website.


Why is carbon sequestration important?

According to the EPA, more than 40% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States are produced by electric power generation in coal and natural-gas-fired power plants. Carbon sequestration can greatly reduce the CO2 emissions produced by these large, stationary sources.

Reducing the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere is a crucial part of improving environmental health and combating climate change.


Where do filter presses fit in this process?

Filter presses fit into step number one (capturing CO2 emitted by power plants or industrial processes) of the three step carbon sequestration process.

Our industry-standard J-Press® filter presses, by JWI™ are used to filter carbon out of scrubbing fluids used in power plants. The presses then compact the carbon into solid filter cakes that can be used in the final two steps of the carbon sequestration process.

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