Oregon State gets grant to explore carbon sequestration in 3D-printed building materials

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Oregon State University and Sandia National Laboratory have received a three-year, $540,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore capturing carbon dioxide from industrial emissions and sequestering it in a mineralized form in 3D-printed building materials.

Conservation Practice Impact on Carbon Sequestration

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Conservation on working lands provides many ecosystem services talked about frequently. Those include water quality and soil health improvement, wildlife habitat, and reduced operation cost. Not covered as often is the carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reductions these practices provide. This report takes a closer look at this lesser-advertised benefit of many conservation practices used today

Climate ‘spiral’ threatens land carbon stores

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The world’s forests are losing their ability to absorb carbon due to increasingly ‘unstable’ conditions caused by humans, a landmark study has found.

Move over direct air capture. Pulling CO2 from the ocean could be more efficient.

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Engineers have devised an elegantly simple new system to pull greenhouse gas from seawater. No membranes. No chemicals. And a lot less energy required.

US Decarbonization Priorities in the Wake of the Inflation Reduction Act

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The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) kicked off a new phase of decarbonization in the US. This single largest action to date to reduce US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will accelerate climate progress in the US, but on its own, it won’t be enough to get the US on track to meet its 2030 climate target of reducing emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels. Given that 2030 is only seven years away, actions taken in the next year or two will be highly consequential. But what can be done to make the most of the opportunities presented by the IRA? And what additional actions can further accelerate emission reductions and put the 2030 climate goal within reach?

In this note, we provide a framework for prioritization and examples of possible actions. We find that, first and foremost, swift implementation of the IRA with a focus on maximizing clean energy deployment is key. On top of that, there are several policy opportunities that can help to close the gap to the 2030 target. When prioritizing new decarbonization opportunities, it’s important to focus actions on emissions sources where the IRA alone doesn’t deliver a lot of reductions but does incentivize clean technologies.

Could carbon removal scale up to be as big as oil and gas?

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The time has come for a more direct approach to climate change, one where carbon capture becomes the norm. What technologies are already out there and how do we accelerate their widespread deployment?

A new alliance for ‘high quality’ carbon removal highlights tensions within the industry

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The group will focus on permanent removal, distancing itself from “temporary” solutions and traditional offsets.

Multimillion-dollar project investigates potential CO2 storage at Heidelberg Materials’ cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana

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With $8.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Transport and Storage CarbonSAFE Program, the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI), is leading a two-year project to explore the feasibility of safely storing more than 50 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over 30 years captured from the Heidelberg Materials cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana.

Heidelberg Material’s new Mitchell plant uses state-of-the-art technology to increase capacity, minimize energy consumption, and allow for the potential use of alternative fuels and raw materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This project will characterize rock strata more than a mile below the land surface to determine if the site is suitable to store more than 95 percent of CO2 emissions captured from the cement plant.

Cement production is a carbon-intensive process, so these systems could play an important role in the company’s ambitious goal of decarbonizing by 2050.

The edges matter: Hedgerows are bringing life back to farms

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Researchers have found that planting hedgerows helps farmers sequester carbon in the soil, manage pests, and provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

DOE releases Industrial Demonstrations funding notice

On Mar. 8, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for approximately $6 billion to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in energy-intensive industrial subsectors through transformational, commercial-scale demonstration projects. This FOA seeks to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of industrial decarbonization approaches to promote widespread technology implementation and help the U.S. lead in low- and net-zero carbon manufacturing. DOE will provide financial assistance through cooperative agreements to fund up to 50 percent of the cost of each project while prioritizing a portfolio of projects that offer deep decarbonization, timeliness, market viability, and community benefits.

Eligible applicants include for-profit organizations and owners or operators of a domestic, non-federal non-power industrial or manufacturing facility engaged in energy intensive industrial processes as stated in the Inflation Reduction Act. These include:

  • iron, steel, & steel mill products
  • aluminum
  • cement
  • concrete
  • glass
  • pulp & paper
  • industrial ceramics
  • chemicals, and
  • other energy intensive industrial processes, including food & beverage manufacturing.

Concept papers are due April 21. Only applicants who have submitted an eligible concept paper will be eligible to submit a full application.