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The Carbon Corner - Issue #38

Published 12 months ago • 5 min read

Welcome to the 38th issue of The Carbon Corner!

Today, we will be highlighting exciting news in the world of carbon capture and sequestration. We will explore recent advancements, including the groundbreaking partnership between GE and Northern Lights to deploy an advanced carbon capture plant in Norway. Join us as we dive into these significant developments and their implications for a more sustainable future. Let's get started!

GE and Northern Lights Partner to Deploy Advanced Carbon Capture Plant in Norway

There have been reports of a partnership between General Electric (GE) and Northern Lights, a carbon capture and storage (CCS) joint venture in Norway. GE will supply the technology for the new carbon capture plant, which aims to capture and store up to 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year from a waste-to-energy facility in Oslo. The project aligns with Norway's commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and demonstrates the country's leadership in CCS implementation. GE's advanced CCS technology will enable the capture and compression of CO2 emissions, which will then be transported and permanently stored deep underground.

The partnership is a significant step in accelerating the deployment of CCS solutions and decarbonizing the waste management sector. The project is expected to contribute to the growth of the CCS industry by providing valuable insights and learnings for future large-scale implementation.

West Terre Haute Carbon Capture Project: Pioneering a Sustainable Future

There is a new carbon capture project in West Terre Haute, Indiana, which is being seen as a groundbreaking initiative. The project, developed by Indiana-based Wabash Valley Resources (WVR), aims to capture carbon emissions from its coal gasification plant and convert them into useful products. This process not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also generates valuable byproducts, such as anhydrous ammonia and urea.

The project has received support from various entities, including the U.S. Department of Energy, and is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the region. The carbon capture technology employed by WVR is considered a forerunner in the industry, as it captures carbon at a much higher rate compared to conventional methods. Additionally, the project aligns with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions and supports the transition to a more sustainable energy future.

DOE Grants MicroSeismic Over $1 Million to Advance CO2 Sequestration Monitoring Technology

A recent significant development in the field of CCS is the the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) $1 million grant award to MicroSeismic Inc. The grant aims to support MicroSeismic's research and development efforts in monitoring and verifying the underground storage of CO2. The company specializes in using microseismic technology to track and analyze subsurface movements and fluid behavior. The DOE's investment reflects the growing importance of accurate monitoring in CO2 sequestration projects to ensure safe and effective storage.

The grant will enable MicroSeismic to enhance its technology and provide valuable insights into the behavior of CO2 stored underground, contributing to the development of more reliable and efficient sequestration methods. The funding is part of the DOE's broader commitment to advancing carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

Arcas' Carbon Sequestration Technology Gains Traction in Mining Sector Engagements

The article discusses the growing traction of Arcas' carbon sequestration technology within the mining industry. Arcas, a clean technology company, has developed a unique process that captures and stores carbon emissions from industrial operations. The technology has gained significant interest from mining companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint and comply with environmental regulations.

Arcas' solution involves converting captured CO2 into stable carbonate minerals, which can be stored underground, thereby permanently removing carbon from the atmosphere. Several mining companies have engaged with Arcas to explore the implementation of this innovative technology at their operations. The benefits of Arcas' approach extend beyond carbon reduction, as the process also offers potential economic advantages, such as the creation of valuable byproducts. The engagement of mining companies with Arcas indicates a growing recognition of the need to address environmental sustainability in the mining sector.

Oklahoma Takes Proactive Approach: Introducing Permits for Carbon Sequestration Projects

The article highlights an important development in Oklahoma, where the state government is set to begin issuing permits for carbon sequestration projects. This move reflects Oklahoma's commitment to addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The permits will enable companies to engage in carbon sequestration activities, which involve capturing and storing CO2 underground to prevent its release into the atmosphere. Oklahoma's decision to issue these permits demonstrates a proactive approach towards promoting CCS technologies as part of their climate action strategy.

By incentivizing carbon sequestration projects, the state aims to encourage the deployment of innovative solutions for reducing carbon emissions. The issuance of permits will create new opportunities for businesses and investors in the carbon sequestration sector, potentially leading to job creation and economic growth.

EU Sets Ambitious Strategy to Boost Investment in Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies

The European Union (EU) has plans to develop a strategy aimed at increasing investment in CCS technologies. The EU aims to scale up efforts to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions as part of its broader climate change mitigation initiatives. The strategy will focus on attracting private sector investments into CCS projects by providing financial incentives and creating a favorable regulatory framework.

The EU recognizes the significance of CCS in achieving its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050. The strategy aims to deploy CCS technologies across various sectors, including power generation, industrial processes, and hydrogen production. By promoting large-scale investment in CCS, the EU aims to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and drive innovation in CO2 capture and storage technologies. The strategy will also support the development of infrastructure and storage sites for long-term CO2 sequestration.

BASF and CSSC Collaborate on Onboard Carbon Capture Technology for Greener Shipping

The article highlights a collaboration between BASF, a global chemical company, and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) on the development of onboard carbon capture technology. The partnership aims to explore and advance the implementation of carbon capture solutions in maritime shipping, a sector responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions. The technology involves capturing CO2 directly from a ship's exhaust gases and converting it into a liquid form for storage or further utilization. BASF's expertise in gas treatment and separation, combined with CSSC's shipbuilding capabilities, makes the collaboration promising for the development of practical and efficient onboard carbon capture systems.

Successful implementation of onboard carbon capture technology has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from ships, contributing to a more sustainable and greener maritime sector.

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