The high levels of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere lead to a rapid rise of Earth‘s average temperature, causing a global urgency. Carbon Futures is an interactive work with an explorative approach to the complex systems that humans are designing in order to reduce our carbon footprint. The installation showcases alternative scenarios of dealing with carbon based on real research examples. By examining the different steps and institutions, which are part of each process, visitors can grasp how each decision taken has an impact on the environmental future.
The exhibition piece provides a glimpse into four Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) strategies:
Carbon Capture and Storage – taking Carbon and storing it underground;
Carbon Curing – using Carbon to make a new, stronger type of cement;
Food and Drinks – using Carbon for fizzy drinks or packaging;
Recycled Carbon Fuels – using CO2 and bacteria to make jet fuels.
eForFuel has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreements No. 763911.
Visitors are invited to explore different carbon futures by finding the right components necessary for each strategy. Every step of each CCS and CCU technology is visualized by a simple building element. In depth information about the different elements can be found on an interactive screen with accompanying questions which invite visitors to think critically about these scenarios and their consequences.
In Carbon Futures the carbon capture approaches are powered by five low-carbon energy options. By keeping the energy source of each scenario flexible, we want to encourage visitors to choose between different energy supplies and therefore think about the consequences of their decisions.