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NETL Direct Air Capture Center Begins Testing, Seeks Partnerships

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By National Energy Technology Laboratory

June 11, 2024

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NETL’s one-of-a-kind Direct Air Capture Center has commenced material-scale operations and is eager to expand partnerships with innovators that are interested in commercializing DAC technology, helping to meet the Administration’s goals of addressing legacy CO2 emissions and achieving a net-zero emissions future by 2050.

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Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a novel technique that significantly advances the conversion of waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into value-added chemicals and fuels.

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Northwestern University will lead the newest Midwestern hub, uniting prominent partners from research and industry. The Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting early-stage project development of these Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs. The Northwestern-led hub will test the feasibility of using nuclear energy as a more energy-efficient way to capture carbon dioxide.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) aims to facilitate the development of this direct air capture that the International Energy Agency says will be a “key technology” for combating global warming.

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ExxonMobil, NTU, and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have established the ExxonMobil-NTU-A*STAR Corporate Lab to develop solutions that would help lower carbon emissions, contribute to resource efficiency, and help build a more sustainable future.

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On 11 April, the Research Council of Norway announced an investment of 180 MNOK in a new research centre on carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) in Norway. gigaCCS is a Centre for Environment-Friendly Energy Research (FME) that will advance Norway’s expertise in CCS, as well as support the global implementation of CCS at a gigatonne scale.

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CGG has announced the release of a Southeast Asia Carbon Storage Study to support and accelerate the screening process for all players in the region’s fast-growing CCUS market.

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The National Carbon Capture Center announced it has surpassed 150,000 hours of technology testing. This testing helps advance cost-effective and commercially viable carbon management technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-based power plants and industrial sources and propel them toward deployment.

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Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract by Equinor to carry out a feasibility study for its Mongstad Industrial Transformation project in Vestland county on the west coast of Norway.

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Generative AI techniques, machine learning and simulations give researchers new opportunities to identify environmentally friendly metal-organic framework materials.

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Research by Oregon State University scientists has demonstrated the ability of vanadium peroxide molecules to react with and bind carbon dioxide – an important step toward improved technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Carbon Capture Magazine has announced the dates for the third annual National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo. The event will be held November 19-20, 2024, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The National Hydrogen Conference & Expo has been added to the conference as a co-located event. A call for abstracts is now open for both events through July 21st.

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The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy (CAER) Cementitious Materials Group develops and tests cements and concretes, seeking more environmentally friendly solutions for the future. CAER’s researchers are exploring a new way to utilize CO2 to improve the performance of cement and concrete.

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Southeastern Louisiana University deployed four buoys this week for the independent, scientific monitoring of the Lake Maurepas ecosystem as part of its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government and with Air Products’ work on its Louisiana Clean Energy Complex. 

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Highly competitive National Science Foundation Engines grant will provide up to $160 million to support Louisiana’s energy industry, create jobs and develop the energy workforce.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) agreed with The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO) to install a CO2 capture pilot plant at Himeji No.2 power plant in Hyogo, Japan.

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The study urges that climate effects of CDR beyond CO2 sequestration must be considered, including permanence of CO2 storage in trees and soils, changes in the reflectivity of landscapes, and the full suite of greenhouse gasses emissions.

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Petroleum Engineering Assistant Professor Jyotsna Sharma is leading a team of researchers that aim to develop a distributed fiber-optic sensor (DFOS) to monitor CO2 leaks and structural integrity in CCS sites and CO2 pipelines.

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Aker Carbon Capture has been awarded an integration feasibility study for an e-fuel project in Finland. The company will investigate fully integrating one of its Just Catch carbon capture units into the e-fuel process at a waste-to-energy facility.

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The Cook Government will invest more than $4 million to establish a world-leading Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) industry in Western Australia as a new study reveals the State's enormous potential as a hub for carbon storage.

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Oxy Oman and OQ Gas Networks SAOC announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly study potential CCUS projects in Oman.

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ABB and Imperial College London signed a 10-year contract to continue their carbon capture technology partnership. The only teaching facility of its kind uses over 250 instruments and sensors to measure and relay data to a distributed control system

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The Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, on October 17th announced a new CCUS Innovation Challenge in an effort to accelerate decarbonization

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A team of Michigan State University researchers believes in a future when homes and other buildings can be constructed using low-cost, sustainable materials that also can repair themselves and capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Mhairidh Evans, head of CCUS research for Wood Mackenzie, said that urgency is needed to meet the seven billion tonnes carbon capture (Btpa) required to meet net zero goals in 2050 while speaking at Wood Mackenzie’s CCUS conference in Houston

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New research from Northwestern University shows a novel approach to capture carbon from ambient environmental conditions that looks at the relationship between water and carbon dioxide in systems to inform the “moisture-swing” technique.

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An ambitious new research Hub focused solely on technologies to transform carbon dioxide emissions opened on September 28th at Monash University.

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The U.S. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management announced it is making up to $27 million available to support the transport of CO2 captured from emitters to locations for permanent geologic storage or conversion to useful products.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority announced that it will work with TC Energy to jointly invest $1.25 million to study carbon capture technology to reduce emissions at TVA’s natural gas facilities in Ackerman, Mississippi, and in Drakesboro, Kentucky.

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The Strategic Study analyses the indispensable contribution of CCS to achieve the decarbonisation targets, while safeguarding economic competitiveness and avoiding the risks of relocation of 'Hard to Abate' industries.

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