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Scottish Carbon Capture Project Lands Virgin Backing (Int'l)
Storegga,Virgin Airline,Carbon Engineering
Date: 2021-08-27
UK-based low-carbon projects/carbon removal firm Storegga Geotechnologies is reporting its planned carbon capture project in the north-east of Scotland has been "endorsed" by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airline, which has agreed to a partnership to reduce the airline's carbon footprint.

The Storegga facility, which will permanently remove between 500,000 and 1,000,000 tpy of Virgin Air's CO2 from the atmosphere, follows a similar previously reported agreement between Storegga and oilfield services provider Petrofac.

Storegga is developing the facility in partnership with Squamish, British Columbia-based direct air carbon capture (DAC) provider Carbon Engineering following a feasibility study in the first half of this year. The project, which is expected to be operational in 2026, is now in the preliminary engineering and design stage, while a shortlist of potential locations has been identified around the Acorn CSS development, another Storegga project that aims to use depleted North Sea reservoirs as a repository for CO2. (Source: Storegga, PR, Herald, Aug., 2021) Contact: Storrega Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, +44 (0) 20 3757 4980, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth; Virgin Atlantic, www.virgin-atlantic.com; Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Storegga,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  Carbon Engineering,  


Northwestern Funded to Study Carbon Capture Systems (R&D)
Northwestern University
Date: 2021-08-20
In Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University reports it will receive $3.3 million in U.S. grant funding to examine how the dynamic behavior of promising carbon capture systems impacts the systems' ability to capture and release CO2. Specifically, the research team will study metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), porous materials with uniform structures that are promising solid sorbents -- a sponge of sorts for capturing CO2 from air.

The Northwestern grant is part of the DOE's recently announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new methods of capturing carbon emissions directly from the air. The DOE-funded projects will support breakthroughs in the understanding of chemical and materials processes that limit current direct air capture (DAC) technologies and also provide a foundation for entirely new and more effective approaches for direct removal of CO2 from ambient air.

"Understanding how a sorbent works is fundamentally important for making the next generation of highly selective and stable sorbents for CO2 capture," said Northwester chemistry professor Omar Farha, principal investigator on the project. Farha and his team will study the chemical and structural changes that MOFs undergo during CO2 capture and release cycles. This knowledge is necessary for developing MOF sorbents for long-term DAC applications, Farha said.

The objective is to study these changes over a high number of capture-release cycles and find the reasons behind the reduction of the materials' CO2 capture efficiency over time. This includes understanding how these materials evolve under operating conditions as they undergo mechanical changes, develop heterogeneity, yield unwanted chemical reactions, degrade or accumulate impurities. The research will provide design rules for next-generation high-performance direct air capture sorbents. (Source: Northwestern University, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Northwestern University, Professor Omar Farha, 847-467-7468, farha-ofc@northwestern.edu, www.northwestern.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwestern University,  Carbon Emissions,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  CCS,  CO2 ,  


DOE Announces $24Mn for Air Carbon Capture R&D (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2021-08-18
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new materials, processes, chemistries and methods of capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air.

The nine awards are led by two national laboratories and seven universities, including North Carolina A&T State University. Projects were chosen based on peer review under a DOE funding opportunity announcement open to universities, national laboratories, industry and non-profit research organizations. {Source: US DOE, Website PR, 18 Aug., 2021)Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Carbon Capture,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


UK Direct Air Carbon Capture Project Design Work Underway (Int'l)
Carbon Engineering
Date: 2021-06-25
Squamish, British Columbia-based Direct Air Carbon Capture (DAC) specialist Carbon Engineering Ltd. reports it and London, UK-based Storegga, a company pioneering carbon reduction and removal projects, have begun pre-front end engineering and design (Pre-FEED) work on a proposed DAC facility in North-East Scotland.

The Pre-FEED work will focus on engineering design, further developing costs, economic modelling, and final site selection.

When fully operational in 2026, the first of its kind in Europe facility will permanently remove roughly 500,000 to one million tpy of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

According to the release, DAC technology, when combined with secure geological storage, delivers the permanent and verifiable removal of carbon dioxide from the air, reversing the emissions process. Carbon Engineering has to date raised more than $100 million from Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, Chevron Technology Ventures and others. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Website PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions ,  


EC, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Partnership Touted (Int'l. Report)
European Commission,Breakthrough Energy
Date: 2021-06-07
European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates have announced a pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to boost investments in the critical climate technologies that will enable the net-zero economy. The new partnership aims to mobilize new investments of up to €820 million ($1 billion) between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies -- lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

The partnership intends to invest in high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal -- green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); direct air carbon capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.

Investment support will take the form of financial instruments and grants. The partnership will also be open to private, philanthropic and national investments by EU Member States through InvestEU or at project level, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commissions, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres Breakthrough Energy, www.breakthroughenergy.org EU Innovation Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/innovation-fund_en; EU Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Breakthrough Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Bill Gates,  


Carbon180 Unveils Carbon Removal Policy Roadmap (Report Attached)
Carbon 180
Date: 2021-05-14
Washington-based climate not-for-profit Carbon180 has published a series of recommendations for Congress to catalyze the next wave of transformation in carbon removal -- a widely overlooked but invaluable pathway for meeting global climate goals.

These recommendations aim to accelerate further development in the space by mobilizing a combination of research, development and demonstration (RD&D), deployment incentives, infrastructure and regulations over the next 1-3 years.

In this policy roadmap, Carbon180 is calling on Congress to fulfill a series of actions across sectors to drive this industry forward, including:

  • LAND-BASED APPROACHES -- Land-based carbon removal approaches, many of which are relatively inexpensive and already being deployed, can provide myriad environmental and economic co-benefits. Congress has the opportunity to utilize an integrated approach to assessing and deploying these solutions and build a durable and equitable carbon removal economy in Forestry, Soil Carbon, Marine "blue carbon" and Environmental Justice.

  • TECH-BASED APPROACHES -- Technologies that pull carbon out of the atmosphere have the potential to remove gigatons of CO2 create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and contribute significantly to economic growth in Direct Air Carbon Capture, Geologic Storage, Federal Procurement, Emerging Solutions and Environmental Justice.

  • CROSS-SOLUTION APPROACHES -- Carbon removal solutions have traditionally been developed and deployed in silos but with a host of opportunities and challenges across the industry, it is crucial to develop federal policy that utilizes expertise across federal agencies including : Cross-Agency Collaboration, BECC Deployment Roadmap and Environmental Justice.

    Congressional attention and funding around carbon removal solutions has gained significant momentum over the last five years and especially in the last 12 months. The 2020 Omnibus Bill delivered historic wins for carbon removal and both the SCALE Act and the REPLANT Act, introduced in the first four months of the 117th Congress, signal a promise to accelerate land- and tech-based solutions. Alongside the continued support from the Biden administration and private sector leaders, including Stripe, Shopify, and Microsoft, carbon removal is positioned to grow into a booming industry. Congress now has the opportunity to solidify US leadership on climate and elevate carbon removal as a climate solution mainstay.

    Download the Carbon180 reports and recommendations HERE. (Source: Carbon180, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Carbon180, Erin Burns, Exec. Dir., policy@carbon180.0rg, www.carbon180.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  


  • Worley Claims DAC Carbon Capture Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Worley, Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2021-02-24
    In the Land Down Under, North Sydney-based engineering firm Worley has been awarded a direct air carbon capture (DAC) front-end engineering design contract by 1PointFive -- a joint venture between Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Rusheen Capital. The front-end engineering design services will be led by Worley's Houston office, with support from its Global Integrated Delivery team in India.

    The facility will be the first commercial-scale development using Squamish, British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering Ltd DAC technology. Each DAC unit is expected to extract 1 million metric tpy of atmospheric CO2.

    Upon completion of the design, the two companies will form an alliance and move into the engineering, procurement and construction phase, with two more phases to follow. (Source: Worley, PR, Market Herald, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: Worley, Chris Ashton, CEO, (713) 892-0999 – Houston Office, www.worley.com; Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  Worley,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


    API Awarded $100Mn for GHG Emissions Reduction (R&D, Funding)
    American Petroleum Institute
    Date: 2021-02-17
    The American Petroleum Institute (API) is reporting receipt of $100 million funding under the US DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme. The program aims to identify and develop innovative technologies to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and tackle climate change.

    According to API, over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has provided low-cost natural gas, while reducing CO2 emissions in the electric power sector and addressing methane emissions. Methane emissions have declined by nearly 70 pct between 2011 and 2019 in five of the largest US oil and gas producing regions, according to the EPA's new Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data.

    API notes its members are already investing in direct air carbon capture, carbon capture use astorage, CCS, decarbonisation infrastructure such as CO2 pipelines, sustainable and efficient fuels, and lower cost, low-carbon hydrogen. (Source: API. PR, Website, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: API, Mike Sommers, CEO, (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Petroleum Institute,  GHG,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Methane,  


    $15Mn Offered for Direct Air Carbon Capture Tech. (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The US DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced up to $15 million in federally funded financial assistance for cost-shared research and development projects under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002402, Carbon Capture R&D: Bench-Scale Testing of Direct Air Capture Components (TRL 3) and Initial Engineering Design for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Systems from Air (TRL 6).

    Since 2001, DOE-FE's Carbon Capture Program has been identifying and advancing technologies with the goal of removing CO2 from point sources such as fossil fuel-based power plants and industrial processes or directly from the atmosphere. The technologies should incur minimum costs and minimum energy penalties.

    The Carbon Capture Program aims to develop efficient processes and components utilizing transformational materials to lower the cost of DAC systems. Project researchers should achieve a better understanding of system costs, performance, and other factors to accelerate development of this climate-critical technology. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which will develop lower-cost, scalable technologies for CO2 capture from air and support DOE's Carbon Capture Program. The FOA focuses on two areas of interest:

  • Bench-Scale Testing of Structured Material Systems or Component Designs for Optimized Direct Air Capture -- Projects will support testing and validation of advanced carbon capture structured material systems (e.g., monoliths, laminate structures, membrane bundles or electrodes) or component designs (e.g., air contactors, desorbers or electrochemical cells) under environmentally relevant conditions for DAC. The objective of this bench-scale R&D effort is to advance promising structured material systems or component designs for DAC to a sufficient maturity level that can justify their scale-up in a subsequent program.

  • Initial Engineering Design of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Systems for Direct Air Capture -- Projects will support the completion of an initial design of a commercial-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)- DAC system that separates, stores, or utilizes a minimum of 100,000 tpy net CO2 from air. Chosen projects will enable a better understanding of CCUS-DAC system costs, performance and business case options and facilitate a better focus on DAC R&D needs. Applicants are encouraged to propose teams that consist of both the carbon capture technology developer and partnering organization(s) with demonstrated experience in engineering, procurement, construction, and managing projects of similar size, scope, and complexity.

    DOE anticipates selecting up to 8 projects for this FOA. (Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  


  • United Airlines Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Further to our 14th Dec, 2020 coverage, US air carrier United Airlines notes it recognizes the role it plays as an airline in contributing to climate change, its responsibility in solving it and has accordingly set a goal of going 100 pct green by reducing 100 pct of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    To that end, United notes "true sustainability is about taking on the biggest culprit in our industry -- the emissions generated by our aircraft." Accordingly, the company notes it is looking beyond using carbon offsets which "simply don't go far enough to address the emissions caused by our operations."

    To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, United aims to tackle its emissions from their source by continuing and accelerating development and investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). United well also make a multimillion-dollar investment to help fund start-up company 1Point Five's planned Direct Air Capture plant to capture, remove and store 1 million metric tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to the work of 40 million trees. (Source: United Airlines, PR, 6 Jan., 2021)Contact: United Airlines, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-airlines 1Point Five, www.1pointfive.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  SAF,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  United Airline,  Carbon Neutral,  ,  


    United Invests in SAF Fuels, CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines
    Date: 2020-12-14
    United Airlines is reporting a multi-million-dollar investment in direct air carbon capture specialist 1PointFive -- a partnership between Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Rusheen Capital Management -- to construct the first US industrial-sized direct air capture plant to permanently sequester one million tpy of CO2. United's participation is part of its previously reported plan to be 100 pct "green" by 2050. The carbon capture project is expected offset nearly 10 pct of the air carrier's annual emissions.

    United notes it is also investing in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which has up to 80 pct less carbon emissions than conventional jet fuel.(Source: United Airline, Hospitality Ireland, Reuters, 13 Dec., 2020) Contact: 1Point Five, www.1pointfive.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United Airlines,  Aviation Biofuel,  CCS,  


    UK Climate Assembly Rejects CCS (Int'l. Report)
    CCS
    Date: 2020-09-11
    The UK's Climate Assembly has released its recommended approaches to meeting the UK's legally binding target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Of the recommendations, 95 pct of climate assembly members backed the use of offshore wind technology to contribute towards the country's climate neutrality goal while 81 pct supported solar power and 78 pct onshore wind and 40 pct backed the use of bioenergy.

    22 pct favored the continued use of fossil fuels combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) which "only provides a short-term, expensive solution when better alternatives are available" according to 56 pct of the Climate Assembly members.

    This contrasts with UK government support for the technologies. In March it pledged £800 million for CCS development, while in July it announced a £100 million investment in direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) R&D.

    Download report details HERE. (Source: UK Climate Assembly, Argus, 10 Sept., 2020) Contact: UK Climate Assembly, www.climateassembly.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  


    DOE Awards $72Mn for Carbon Capture Tech (R&D, Funding)
    U.S. Department of Energy
    Date: 2020-09-04
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports the awarding of $72 million for the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies.

    Of the total, $51 million will go to nine new projects for coal and natural gas power and industrial sources. These efforts seek to design initial engineering studies to develop technologies to capture CO2 generated as a by-product of manufacturing at industrial sites. The remaining $21 million will support 18 projects for "direct air carbon capture' technologies and the development and field testing of new materials for use in direct air capture.

    "The primary mission of our office is to ensure that the United States can continue to rely on its fossil fuel resources for clean and secure energy. The advancement of carbon capture technologies, including direct air capture, contributes to that mission. Our ultimate goal is to mature these technologies so that they can be commercialized and brought to market", according to Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg. (Source: US DOE, 3 Sept., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Direst Air Carbon Capture,  


    Climeworks Touts Iceland Geothermal-Powered CCS Project (Int'l.)
    Climeworks ,Carbfix
    Date: 2020-08-28
    ETH Zurich University spin-off carbon capture firm Climeworks AG reports it will partner with Carbfix and ON Power in a geothermal powered direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) project in Iceland.

    The planned facility will have the capacity to remove 4,000 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air using Climeworks' direct air capture (DAC) technology and Reykjavik Energy subsidiary Carbfix's natural underground mineralisation carbon storage method. (Source: Climeworks, PR 26 Aug., 2020) Contact: ON Power, Berglind Ran Olafsdottir, CEO, www.on.is; Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; CarbFix, www.carbfix.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbfix,  Climeworks ,  CCS,  Geothermal,  


    Climeworks Announces Iceland Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Climeworks
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG is reporting its first carbon removal plant located on the slopes of an active volcano in south-west Iceland.

    The plant is powered by waste heat from a geothermal energy plant using direct air carbon capture technology (DAC).

    Climeworks technology consist of modular CO2 collectors that can be stacked to build machines of any size. Climeworks direct air capture machines are powered solely by renewable energy or energy-from-waste. Grey emissions are below 10 pct, which means that out of 100 tons of carbon dioxide that our machines capture from the air, at least 90 tons are permanently removed and only up to 10 tons are re-emitted, according to the company website. (Source: Climeworks, BTN News, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Climeworks, Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-director, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Climeworks,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  Climate Change,  


    Climeworks AG Raises $76Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Climeworks AG
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG reports it raised 73 million Swiss francs ($76 million) in a private funding round -- the biggest private investment in a direct air capture firm to date, according to Climeworks.

    Climeworks' technology captures CO2 from the air and stores it in solid state underground. (Source: Climeworks, Bloomberg, June, 2020) Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, co-CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Direct Air Carbon Capture,  Climeworks AG,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    BHP Billiton Backs Direct Air Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
    BHP Billiton,Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2019-03-06
    In the Land Down Under, mining giant BHP has invested $6 million in Squamish, British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. The company's "Direct Air" carbon capture technology has the potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on a large scale using huge fans. The company also has Bill Gates as an investor.

    The technology, now operating in British Columbia, uses huge fans that draw in air. Fluids in the processing unit then bind to the carbon dioxide molecules in the air. The carbon dioxide can then be concentrated and converted into fuels, or pressurized and injected underground for long-term storage.

    According to BHP VP of Sustainability, Dr. Fiona Wild, "direct air capture is very flexible, so it can be used anywhere. And it really has significant potential for scale up, but it requires private sector investment and obviously also policy support, to try and bring it to scale. So that's why we're investing in it." (Source: BHP, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, info@carbonengineering.com, www.carbonengineering.com; BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  BHP,  CO2,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  Bill Gates ,  

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