The Carbon Corner - Issue #83

Strides toward carbon neutrality are being made through innovative projects and collaborative agreements. From the construction of the pioneering Porthos carbon capture and storage system in Rotterdam to the groundbreaking research at the University of Queensland on carbon-negative generators, initiatives are underway to combat climate change.

Join us as we delve into the stories that are shaping the future of carbon capture!

Driving Towards Decarbonization: EU's TEN-T Regulation Paves the Way for CO2 Transport Infrastructure

The journey towards EU climate neutrality by 2050 heavily relies on CO2 capture, transport, and storage, as emphasized in recent strategies like the EU Industrial Carbon Management Strategy and 2040 Climate Target Communication. The approval of the regulation on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) by the European Parliament marks a significant stride towards incentivizing a robust CO2 transport infrastructure, crucial for European industrial decarbonization. TEN-T is vital as it facilitates the comprehensive carbon capture and storage strategy in Europe, enabling the materialization of announced projects.

This legislation supports market development and project deployment, recognizing the role of various transport modalities such as rail, truck, and barge. Additionally, it strengthens synergies between TEN-T and TEN-E, crucial for infrastructure needed for carbon capture and storage deployment. By acknowledging multiple modalities of CO2 transport, the regulation signals support for large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage in Europe, advancing efforts towards climate goals.

Norway's Bold Step: Launching gigaCCS to Lead Global Carbon Capture Efforts

The Research Council of Norway is investing 180 million NOK into gigaCCS, a research center dedicated to carbon capture, transport, and storage (CCS) technology. Led by Mona Mølnvik, gigaCCS aims to advance Norway's leadership in CCS expertise and contribute to global efforts in combating greenhouse gas emissions. With an eight-year timeline from 2025 to 2032, gigaCCS will build on the successes of its predecessor, NCCS, fostering innovation and nurturing a new generation of CCS specialists.

Recognizing CCS as crucial for achieving climate targets, gigaCCS will develop advanced technologies to enhance value and mitigate risks for both industry and society, promoting sustainable economic development. Collaboration between 43 R&D and industry partners ensures impactful research, accelerating the translation of innovations into real-world applications. Prioritizing education, gigaCCS aims to train PhD candidates and students, shaping the future of CCS technology.

Value Maritime Partners with MOL to Equip Nexus Victoria with Next-Gen Carbon Capture Technology

Value Maritime, a Dutch energy-saving tech company, is set to provide a 15MW next-generation exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) Filtree with an additional carbon capture unit for the 75,000 dwt Nexus Victoria, the largest vessel of its kind. The Filtree system utilizes innovative technology to filter sulfur, CO2, and ultra-fine particulate matter from the tanker's exhaust stream. It will also feature a CO2 capture and storage system, capturing emissions from the vessel's exhaust for onshore use in various industries. With a scrubber function removing 99% of sulfur oxides and particulate matter, and a carbon capture function recovering up to 10% of CO2 emissions, the installation aims to reduce emissions significantly.

OSG Receives $3M Grant for Carbon Transport Vessel in Climate Solution Initiative

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG), a key player in energy transportation services, has secured a $3 million grant from the United States Department of Energy for the engineering and design of a new vessel aimed at transporting liquified carbon dioxide (LCO2). This vessel will play a crucial role in transporting CO2 captured from industrial emitters in the Greater Tampa Bay region and across Florida to sequestration sites in the Gulf of Mexico. The grant is part of OSG's broader efforts to develop a complete CO2 storage and transport solution, including the Tampa Regional Intermodal Carbon Hub (T-RICH) announced in December 2023.

T-RICH, initially storing two million metric tons of CO2 per year, will be complemented by the articulated tug and barge unit (ATB), facilitating marine transport from Tampa to sequestration sites. OSG's President and CEO, Sam Norton, highlighted the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems in achieving national emission reduction goals, with OSG's expertise positioned to address emerging market needs. Jeff Williams, OSG’s Director of CO2 Transport Solutions, emphasized the comprehensive solution offered by OSG, which not only aids emission reduction but also brings economic benefits and transformative technologies to Florida. The development of a CO2 transport ATB and the T-RICH hub represents a significant step towards addressing Florida's emissions challenges.

Deep Sky and Carbfix Partner to Explore CO2 Mineral Storage in Canada

Deep Sky, a Montréal-based carbon removal project developer, has joined forces with Carbfix, a pioneer in CO2 mineral storage, to investigate CO2 mineral storage opportunities in Canada. The partnership involves a pre-feasibility study to assess Quebec’s reservoirs for CO2 mineral storage, utilizing geological and geochemical data along with laboratory work on ultramafic rock formations. By measuring geophysical properties like porosity and permeability, the study aims to identify safe locations for injection and monitoring wells, crucial for the in-situ carbon mineralization process.

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