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NUS Scientists to Transform Waste Carbon Dioxide into High-Value Chemicals

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By National University of Singapore

May 15, 2024

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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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TotalEnergies and China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (“SINOPEC”) signed a strategic cooperation agreement to deepen their collaboration, notably in low-carbon energies. In particular, the two companies plan to combine their R&D expertise in biofuels, green hydrogen, CCUS and decarbonization.

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Veolia has partnered with UK biotechnology startup, FabricNano, to apply enzymes to rocks to trial faster, permanent carbon dioxide removal directly from the atmosphere. With this world-first trial pairing biology with geology to accelerate rock weathering for carbon sequestration, Veolia aims to reduce the energy consumption, emissions and timescales for carbon removal by utilizing enzymes to accelerate the natural weathering process.

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Wyoming Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Project Utilizes Cutting-Edge Technology to Generate Clean Energy and Preserve Jobs

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Transitioning to net-zero emissions presents formidable challenges, particularly in the context of existing energy infrastructure.

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OMV Petrom will test a new carbon capture and utilization technology at the Petrobrazi refinery, starting June. The tests are part of a demonstration campaign carried out in three countries - Denmark, Romania and Greece, within an innovation project financed with European funds - ConsenCUS.

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Carbon Upcycling Technologies, Inc. announced the first delivery in 2024 of 200 tonnes of CO₂-enhanced fly ash to BURNCO Rock Products, Ltd, a leading supplier of construction materials, as part of a groundbreaking initiative to deploy low-carbon concrete in the City of Calgary.

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Heidelberg Materials North America announces a new Front End Engineering Design contract as it continues working to select the carbon capture technology and contractor for providing the CO2 separation solution for its Edmonton, Alberta, Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Project.

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Australian clean technology developer MCi Carbon held a foundation ceremony on April 10 for its carbon capture and utilization plant ‘Myrtle’, currently under construction at Orica’s Kooragang Island site. The plant is aimed at scaling up the development and demonstration of an engineering process called mineral carbonation, which transforms captured CO2 emissions into building products and other valuable materials.

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UCLA’s research team is once again at the NCCC to expand on its initial product testing. In addition to the concrete masonry units (CMU) that were successfully demonstrated in 2021, two more use cases – segmental retaining wall (SRW) and concrete manhole (CM) products – will be demonstrated.

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Amber Grid, the Lithuanian gas transmission system operator, commissioned by the Ministry of Energy, has carried out an assessment analysis of green technologies for CO2 (biogenic carbon dioxide) capture and use in Lithuania.

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Celanese Corporation announced that the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) has certified its Low Carbon CCU (carbon capture and utilization) Methanol under the ISCC Carbon Footprint Certification (CFC) system. The newly certified Low Carbon CCU Methanol demonstrates a greater than 70% reduction in carbon footprint relative to a global average benchmark for fossil-based methanol production.

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Heidelberg Materials will unveil another CCUS project at its Airvault cement plant in the French New Aquitaine Region. The AirvaultGOCO₂ project, with a planned capture capacity of approx. 1 million tonnes annually, is part of the GOCO₂ initiative to decarbonise the West of France.

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The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has launched Innovandi Open Challenge 2024 which brings together tech start-ups and leading manufacturers in the pursuit of net zero. Applications are being encouraged from start-ups from around the world, interested in working on the development of carbon capture use and storage, for low carbon cement and concrete.

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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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Celanese Corporation announced it has been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management as a Utilization Procurement Grants (UPGrants) vendor. Celanese is now the only producer offering low-carbon acetic acid under the ECO-CC product name.

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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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Doosan Enerbility announced that it had signed a “Memorandum of Understanding on Collaboration for Joint Study of CCUS and Carbon-Free Energy Solutions” with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

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Aker Carbon Capture and MAN Energy Solutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly pursue opportunities related to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and CO2 compression in the North American market.

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Expro Group Holdings has secured a new Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) contract with INPEX Corporation for the Kashiwazaki Clean Hydrogen/Ammonia project which is Japan’s first clean hydrogen production demonstration project.

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Concrete4Change has raised £2.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by Zacua Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on the built environment and Counteract, a carbon removals focused venture fund, with participation from the family office of Goldbeck.

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Chevron Singapore Pte Ltd, Keppel, Pan-United Corporation, Surbana Jurong, Air Liquide Singapore, Osaka Gas Singapore, and Pavilion Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on lower carbon opportunities to support Singapore’s aspiration of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Parallel Carbon announced that they closed a $3.6 million Seed funding round amidst COP28. The financing backs Parallel Carbon’s groundbreaking process of utilizing renewable energy for clean hydrogen production while pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management issued a notice of intent to provide funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for large-scale conversion of carbon emissions into environmentally responsible and economically valuable products.

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Government sets out plans for a new competitive UK carbon capture, usage and storage market by 2035 - delivering new jobs and supporting net zero.

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The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management announced seven semifinalists for the development phase of the Direct Air Capture Pre-Commercial Prize to receive a total of $1.05 million in cash awards and technical assistance for technology solutions that reduce CO2 pollution by removing it directly from the atmosphere.

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Holcim has received two awards at COP28 in Dubai for its “Carbon2Business” project in Lägerdorf, Germany, in recognition of the scalability and breakthrough innovation of its carbon capture technologies.

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Value Carbon and Evos have signed a Letter of Intent, for building two 2,000 m3 storage tanks for absorption liquids to accommodate Value Carbon’s growing CO2 recycling business.

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Cementir inaugurated the second carbon capture pilot plant at its Aalborg cement plant in Denmark which will test a new CCUS technology that can potentially eliminate a significant part of the energy consumption.

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Arca announced that the B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy has provided the company with a CDN$1.25M grant. The funding will be used to support a pilot project that begins today for air-to-rock carbon mineralization using the mine tailings.

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