Daily Carbon Industry Brief – Nov. 25th, 2021

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Our daily carbon industry brief for November, 25, 2021 features how flare gas can be converted into electricity, the new appointments of the energy division of the White House, and mineral trapping.

White House has tapped two carbon capture scientists to head new energy division

Two engineering professors, Sally Benson (professor at Stanford University) and  Costa Samaras (associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University) have been appointed by the White House to head up its new energy division of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Flare Dust First Nation to convert carbon dioxide from flare gas into power

Flare Dust First Nation (FDNF) has announced it will be working on what will be the world’s largest flare-to-power facility in Saskatchewan. The flare gas that is typically used at fossil fuel production sites to eliminate flammable gases and in the process emit CO2 will be converted into electricity. 

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Storegga to explore carbon capture and storage offshore Norway

UK-based Storegga has teamed up with Norway’s Sval Energi to evaluate the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) on the Norwegian continental shelf. This adds yet another major strategic partnership to the list of agreements that Storegga has sealed this year.

Scientists discover new way to capture CO2 emissions via mineral trapping

Scientists at the University of Tsukuba have been advancing the practice of trapping harmful carbon emissions in rocky crystals or powder. Their research showed that it is possible to manipulate the structure of easily obtainable materials to enhance their carbon capture properties using temperature. 

BMO becomes first-ever bank to purchase carbon removal via direct air capture

Today, BMO Financial Group announced its pre-purchase of 1,000 metric tons of CO2 removal using direct air capture (DAC) technology, provided by Carbon Engineering. The purchase itself took place via BeZero Carbon.

Elon Musk’s XPRIZE winners discuss next steps in their research

One of the latest contestants to be awarded funding as part of Elon Musk’s XPRIZE competition, team E-quester, received $250,000, which is set to help them develop new ways of sequestering emissions from the atmosphere. 

New paper says (BECCS) is key to meeting carbon targets

A recent paper published in the Energies journal demonstrates the potential of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in the fight against climate change and argues it may deserve to have a more prominent place in the European Union’s climate strategy. 

Tatarewicz, I et al. (2021) The Role of BECCS in Achieving Climate Neutrality in the European Union [online] Energies | mdpi.com. Available at: https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/14/23/7842

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