MIT researchers boost efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems

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Researchers at MIT have developed a method that could significantly boost the performance of carbon capture and conversion systems that use catalytic surfaces to enhance the rates of carbon-sequestering electrochemical reactions. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar fuels

Swansea team develops faster, greener way of producing carbon spheres

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A fast, green and one-step method for producing porous carbon spheres—a component for carbon capture technology and for new ways of storing renewable energy—has been developed by Swansea University researchers. Carbon spheres range in size from nanometers to micrometers.

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Baker Hughes acquires exclusive license from SRI International for mixed salt process technology for carbon capture

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3C’s technology differs from traditional carbon capture solvent-based solutions by using rotating beds instead of static columns, effectively distributing solvents in a compact and modularized format. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market Background

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ExxonMobil, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab develop new MOF for carbon capture and steam regeneration

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Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could capture more than 90% of CO 2 emitted from industrial sources using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

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Carbon Clean and Liquid Wind partner on eMethanol production for marine fuel

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Carbon Clean, a developer of low-cost carbon capture technology, has entered into an agreement with power-to-fuels developer Liquid Wind. Carbon Clean’s technology will capture biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from a local industrial site. Within the Liquid Wind facility, the CO 2 will then be combined with renewable hydrogen to form the carbon-neutral liquid fuel, eMethanol.

ExxonMobil, FuelCell Energy expand agreement to optimize carbonate fuel cell technology for large-scale carbon capture

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signed a new, two-year expanded joint-development agreement to further enhance carbonate fuel cell technology for the purpose of capturing carbon dioxide from industrial facilities. The agreement, worth up to $60 million, will focus efforts on optimizing the core technology, overall process integration and large-scale deployment of carbon capture solutions. ExxonMobil says it has captured more carbon dioxide than any other company. ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy, Inc.

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Multicomponent catalytic system efficiently converts carbon dioxide to methanol

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Inspired by naturally occurring processes, a team of Boston College chemists used a multi-catalyst system to convert carbon dioxide to methanol at the lowest temperatures reported with high activity and selectivity.

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Molten carbonate electrolysis can produce a range of carbon nanomaterials, including graphene, from CO2 at high yield

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Researchers from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and George Washington University in the US report in a new paper in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research that a range of important carbon nanomaterials can be produced at high yield by molten carbonate electrolysis.

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DOE to award up to $24M to advance direct air carbon capture technology

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $24 million for research into technology that captures carbon emissions directly from the air, replicating the way plants and trees absorb CO 2. ( Although direct air capture of carbon dioxide (DAC) generally refers to the capture of CO 2 from ambient air, this FOA also considers the removal of CO 2 from partially concentrated air (e.g., Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Fuels Market Background

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Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, Rusheen Capital Management create company to deploy Carbon Engineering’s direct air capture technology

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Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Occidental, and Rusheen Capital Management, a private equity firm, have formed a development company, 1PointFive, to finance and to deploy Carbon Engineering ’s large-scale Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology.

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Elon Musk offers advice to $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal competitors

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XPRIZE officially launched the $100 Million XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition. In February, the Tesla CEO announced he was teaming up with XPRIZE to manage the $100 million carbon capture prize he was donating to encourage innovators to develop CO2 removal solutions.

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Occidental Petroleum and Chevron invest in direct air carbon capture and synthetic fuels company Carbon Engineering

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Canada-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) CE) has received equity investment from two global energy companies: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation; and Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), the venture capital arm of Chevron Corporation. CE’s AIR TO FUELS products are fully compatible with existing cars, trucks, ships and planes, allowing existing vehicles to reduce their carbon emissions without modification.

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Equinor Energy & Mitsubishi Heavy to collaborate on low-carbon technology to reduce carbon footprint of oil & gas operations

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Norway-based energy company Equinor Energy and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a low-carbon technology collaboration. The non-exclusive cooperation agreement will see both companies develop and use technology to reduce the carbon footprint of oil & gas operations. In particular, the companies will look at further developing the hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS/CCUS) value chains.

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Summit Ag Group launches world’s largest CCS project; to reduce carbon footprint of biorefineries by up to 50%

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Summit Agricultural Group, a diversified agribusiness operator and investment manager with operations in the United States and Brazil, has created Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS), a new business platform that will develop the world’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. In addition to biorefiners, Summit Carbon Solutions will partner with other industries throughout the Midwest that have carbon reduction goals to help them capture and store their carbon emissions.

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Evonik introduces silicon-carbon composite material for anodes: Siridion Black

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Evonik has introduced the silicon-carbon composite material Siridion Black as a new anode material for lithium-ion batteries. Within the amorphous particles, the carbon concentration increases from the inside out. The carbon-covered silicon is now available on an industrial scale.

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ESA approves Norwegian CCS Full-Scale carbon capture and storage project; up to €2.1bn in aid

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The CCS Full-Scale project is a central part of Norway’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European goal of climate-neutrality by 2050. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market Background

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C2CNT process converts flue gas from natural gas power plant into carbon nanotubes

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On 26 July, the first flue gas from the natural gas power plant, the Shepard Energy Center in Calgary, Canada, was directly transformed by the C2CNT process ( earlier post ) into carbon nanotubes. new developments of the transformation are reported including use of a nickel super-alloy electrode, critical thermal balance of the process, demonstration of the secondary pure, hot oxygen product, and alkali control of the carbon nanotube structure. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC

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DOE announces $11.5M in Phase 1 funding for carbon capture and storage program; ARPA-E FLECCS

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million in funding for 12 projects as part of Phase 1 of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E’s) FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program. FLECCS project teams will work to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes that better enable technologies, such as natural gas power generators, to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. ARPA-E Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market Background

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Yadea Helps Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 30 Million Tons

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Ltd. (“Yadea”, 01585.HK), a leading electric two-wheel vehicle brand, has revealed that the cumulative sales from its electric motorcycles, electric mopeds, electric bikes and electric kick scooters have helped cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32.4

Linde and Shell team up to commercialize lower-carbon technology for ethylene: E-ODH

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The catalytic process is an alternative route to ethane steam cracking, offering the potential of economic advantages, acetic acid co-production and significantly lower overall carbon footprint through electrification of power input. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Market Background

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Weizmann Institute team engineers E. coli to eat carbon dioxide

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Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel have created a strain of the bacterium Escherichia coli that grows by consuming carbon dioxide instead of sugars or other organic molecules. The findings point to means of developing, in the future, carbon-neutral fuels. Then the bacterial body parts were weighed, and the weight they had gained checked against the mass that would be added from eating the heavier version of carbon.

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DOE announces $110M for carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects

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A recent study by Science of the Total Environment found that DOE is the most productive organization in the world in the carbon capture and storage field. Under the first FOA award, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants, DOE has selected nine projects to receive $55.4 The selected projects will support FEED studies for commercial-scale carbon capture systems.

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Carbon emissions in port of Rotterdam drop more swiftly than national average

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In the period 2016-2020, the port of Rotterdam reduced its total carbon emissions by 27%. of the Netherlands’ total carbon emissions: a share that several years ago was 16%. Last year, Rotterdam’s power plants cut their carbon emissions by 1.9

MIT engineers develop efficient means of carbon capture using electrochemical cell

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Researchers at MIT have developed a new, efficient way to capture carbon that addresses the inherent inefficiencies ( earlier post ) of incumbent technologies, due to their thermal energy losses, large footprint or degradation of sorbent material. The device is essentially a large, specialized battery that absorbs carbon dioxide from the air (or other gas stream) passing over its electrodes as it is being charged up, and then releases the gas as it is being discharged.

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BMW i Ventures invests in Prometheus Fuels; CO2 air-capture and conversion to carbon-neutral gasoline

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BMW i Ventures has invested in Prometheus Fuels ( earlier post ), a company removing CO 2 from the air and turning it into zero-net carbon gasoline that it will sell at gas stations, at a price that competes with fossil fuels, starting as early as this year. By creating carbon-neutral gasoline from CO 2 captured from the air, Prometheus Fuels allows the climate impact of today’s internal combustion engines to be massively reduced immediately.

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IEA: global carbon dioxide emissions have rebounded strongly

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The Covid-19 crisis in 2020 triggered the largest annual drop in global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions since the Second World War, according to IEA data, but the overall decline of about 6% masks wide variations depending on the region and the time of year.

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First carbon-neutral lithium extraction project to start in Germany

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EIT InnoEnergy, the European innovation engine for sustainable energy, announced a partnership with Vulcan Energy Resources Limited (Vulcan), a start-up lithium exploration company, to produce the world’s first completely carbon-neutral lithium in Germany.

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Linköping researchers working to produce renewable fuel from carbon dioxide with solar energy

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Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are attempting to convert carbon dioxide to fuel using energy from sunlight. Recent results have shown that it is possible to use their technique selectively to produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid from carbon dioxide and water.

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Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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Hassan, Tao Jiang, Khaled Nabil Salama, Zhonglin Wang and Jr-Hau He (2019) “Blue Energy Fuels: Converting Ocean Wave Energy to Carbon-Based Liquid Fuels via CO 2 Reduction” Energy & Environmental Science doi: 10.1039/C9EE03566D.

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DOE intends to award $4M for projects to optimize safe, secure, and verifiable carbon storage

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced its intention to make $4 million in federal funding available for cost-shared research and development of tools and methods to optimize safe, secure, and verifiable carbon dioxide storage. ( DOE’s Carbon Storage Program focuses on developing, testing, and verifying technologies and techniques that address challenges related to long-term, commercial-scale storage of CO 2 in the deep subsurface.

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DOE awarding $72M to 27 projects to develop and advance carbon capture technologies, including direct air capture

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of approximately $72 million in federal funding to support the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies under two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). DOE is awarding a total of $21 million to 18 projects for technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a process known as “direct air capture” (DAC). It will also help develop carbon reduction technologies for use in the steel sector.

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ArcelorMittal launches XCarb; commitment to producing carbon-neutral steel

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XCarb will ultimately bring together all of ArcelorMittal’s reduced, low and zero-carbon products and steelmaking activities, as well as wider initiatives and green innovation projects, into a single effort focused on achieving demonstrable progress towards carbon-neutral steel. Across ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products operations, the company is investing in a broad range of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from the blast furnace.

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Vulcan to collaborate with DuPont on Zero Carbon Lithium extraction process

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Vulcan Energy Resources will collaborate with DuPont Water Solutions,a leader in water filtration and purification, to test and to scale up Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) solutions for Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium extraction process.

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FedEx commits to carbon-neutral operations by 2040

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home of the world’s largest cargo airline, has set a goal to achieve carbon–neutral operations globally by 2040. To help reach this goal, FedEx is designating more than $2 billion of initial investment in three key areas: vehicle electrification; sustainable energy; and carbon sequestration. Key steps toward reaching the carbon neutral goal include: Vehicle Electrification. million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Natural Carbon Sequestration.

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DOE to provide $22M for research on capturing carbon dioxide from air

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $22 million for research aimed at achieving breakthroughs in the effort to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air (DAC). Accelerating success in direct air capture of carbon dioxide would strengthen America’s energy security and open new avenues for commercial applications. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Emissions

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LLNL report lays out technology pathways for California to become carbon-neutral and then -negative by 2045; 3 pillars of negative emissions

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a suite of technologies to help California to become carbon-neutral—and ultimately carbon-negative —by 2045. The key finding of this report is that carbon neutrality is achievable.

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NETL to award $13M to GTI and partners to advance carbon capture technology

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It seeks to achieve DOE’s Transformational Carbon Capture performance goal of CO 2 capture with 95% CO 2 purity at a cost of $30/tonne or less. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Coal EmissionsGTI and partners, The Ohio State University, Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC), and Trimeric Corporation (Trimeric), have been selected for award on a project to advance Ohio State’s transformational membrane technology to provide step-out reductions in CO 2 capture cost and energy penalties.

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DOE Coal FIRST Initiative invests $80M in net-zero carbon electricity and hydrogen plants

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DOE’s early stage research for the Coal FIRST Initiative supports the development of electricity and hydrogen energy plants that have net-zero carbon emissions. These plants will be fueled by coal, natural gas, biomass, and waste plastics and incorporate carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. A hydrogen economy is gaining global attention as part of a technology-based approach for reducing global carbon emissions.

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Stanford study finds current carbon capture technology inefficient & increases air pollution

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Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, suggests that carbon capture technologies are inefficient and increase air pollution. All sorts of scenarios have been developed under the assumption that carbon capture actually reduces substantial amounts of carbon. However, this research finds that it reduces only a small fraction of carbon emissions, and it usually increases air pollution. A study by Mark Z.

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NUS researchers discover new mechanism for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to ethanol

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NUS scientists have discovered a new mechanism for selective electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to ethanol using copper-silver (Cu-Ag) composite catalysts. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Ethanol Fuels

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ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat in joint development agreement to advance atmospheric carbon capture technology

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ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat signed a joint development agreement to advance technology that can capture and concentrate carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources, including power plants, and the atmosphere. The companies will evaluate the potential scalability of Global Thermostat’s carbon capture technology for large industrial use. ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat are also exploring opportunities to identify economic uses for captured carbon dioxide.

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LG Chem accelerating push into carbon nanotubes market for battery materials and more

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LG Chem has launched the largest carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturing plant in Korea. The company is actively targeting the rapidly growing CNT market, widely used as the material for cathodes in electric vehicle batteries.

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DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected seven projects to receive approximately $44 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development through the funding opportunity announcement, Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies. The projects will target one of two areas: 1) engineering-scale testing of transformational solvent- or membrane-based carbon dioxide (CO?)

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