The Carbon Corner - Issue #72

Amidst growing concerns about climate change, a wave of innovative technologies is emerging to confront carbon emissions. From groundbreaking carbon capture solutions to strategic partnerships promoting sustainable energy practices, these stories exemplify ongoing efforts to mitigate environmental impact and forge a path towards a greener future.

Explore the latest developments in today's issue of The Carbon Corner, including Cleantech startup Avnos securing significant funding for its Direct Air Capture technology, Fluor Corporation's collaboration with Chevron to reduce carbon emissions, and PPL Corporation's research project to develop a new carbon capture system.

Delek US Secures DOE Funding for Carbon Capture Pilot Project at Big Spring Refinery

Delek US has been selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in the Carbon Capture Large-Scale Pilot Project program, securing up to $95 million in federal funding for their initiative. This project will integrate Svante Technologies' carbon capture technology into the refinery's Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU), with the aim of capturing approximately 145,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) annually. T

he captured CO₂ will be transported via existing pipelines for storage or utilization, contributing to emission reduction efforts. Notably, the initiative seeks to drive down costs and accelerate the commercialization of carbon capture solutions while creating around 200 jobs during construction and operations in 2027 and 2028.

Decarbonizing Cement Production: MHI Partners with Heidelberg for Pioneering CO2 Capture Project

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is collaborating with Heidelberg Materials UK and Worley to conduct Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for a CO2 capture plant at Padeswood Cement Works in the UK. The project, part of the HyNet CCUS cluster, aims to capture 800,000 tons of CO2 annually from cement manufacturing flue gas, storing it in a depleted gas field off Liverpool Bay.

Expected to begin operation in 2028, the plant will support the production of carbon-neutral cement, crucial for a low-carbon construction industry. MHI's Advanced KM CDR Process™ will be deployed, showcasing a commitment to carbon reduction in the cement sector.

EU Unveils Ambitious Carbon Capture Strategy to Drive Emissions Reductions

The European Union (EU) has unveiled a new strategy emphasizing the potential of carbon capture technologies in drastically reducing emissions by 90% by 2040 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The Industrial Carbon Management (ICM) Communication outlines a comprehensive policy framework to meet targets set in the Net-Zero Industry Act, proposing the development of at least 50 million tonnes per year of CO2 storage capacity by 2030, which would need to increase to around 280 million tonnes by 2040.

The EU plans to create a single market for CO2 through a possible future regulatory package addressing market structure, third-party access, and investment incentives. A study from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) underscores the role of CO2 transport infrastructure in enabling large-scale industrial carbon management technologies, projecting infrastructure expansion to 6700-7300km by 2030 and up to 15,000 – 19,000km by 2050. Additionally, the Commission aims to streamline project permitting, create a storage site atlas, and establish a clear carbon accounting framework for CO2 utilization in industrial processes to encourage investment in carbon management projects.

Fluor and Chevron Partner to Deploy Advanced Carbon Capture Technology: A Milestone in Emission Reduction Efforts

Fluor Corporation announced a significant milestone as Chevron New Energies enters a license agreement to utilize Fluor's proprietary Econamine FG PlusSM carbon capture technology at Chevron's Eastridge Cogeneration facility in California. This agreement, undisclosed until the fourth quarter, underscores Fluor's commitment to sustainable energy practices and marks a crucial step toward reducing carbon emissions. Leveraging Fluor's technology, Chevron anticipates a substantial 95% reduction in carbon emissions at the Eastridge facility, highlighting the potential impact of advanced carbon capture solutions.

Fluor's responsibilities under the licensing agreement include developing process design, supplying proprietary equipment, and offering technical support services, reflecting a comprehensive approach to address carbon emissions. Beyond emission reduction, this partnership signifies a joint commitment to environmental sustainability and combating climate change. As Fluor actively participates in the project's development and implementation, Chevron demonstrates its strategic focus on adopting innovative solutions to promote sustainable practices within the energy sector amidst increasing global attention to carbon capture initiatives.

PPL Corporation Secures Major DOE Award for Carbon Capture Research at Cane Run Facility

PPL Corporation, in collaboration with research partners including the University of Kentucky, has been selected for a significant $72 million award negotiation by the U.S. Department of Energy to fund a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture research project. The initiative, expected to cost over $100 million, will be based at PPL subsidiaries LG&E and KU's Cane Run 7 natural gas combined-cycle generating station in Louisville, Kentucky.

The project aims to develop a new 20 MW research system capable of capturing up to 240 tons of CO2 per day, totaling 90,000 metric tons per year, using heat-integrated CO2 capture technology. Collaborators include EPRI, Kentucky State University, Visage Energy, and American Welding & Gas, with technical support from Vogt Power International Inc. and Siemens Energy. This initiative builds on PPL's longstanding partnership with the University of Kentucky in carbon capture research, marking another step in their commitment to advancing low-carbon energy technologies and network resiliency.

Avnos Secures $36M in Series A Funding for Innovative Carbon Capture Technology

Cleantech startup Avnos has secured $36 million in a recent Series A financing round to bolster its growth and advance its unique Direct Air Capture (DAC) carbon removal technology. Established in 2020, Avnos, based in California, specializes in Hybrid Direct Air Capture (HDAC), a solution that captures both water and CO2 from the atmosphere using air, electricity, and solid sorbents.

Unlike traditional DAC methods, Avnos' technology operates without water or heat, generating approximately five tons of water for every ton of CO2 captured, leading to reduced environmental impact and lower energy costs. With multi-million-dollar projects from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Avnos plans to expand its HDAC deployment across North America and Europe while establishing a research and development facility near New York City.

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