Kategorie: Projects

Can the power of biota bring rocks to the front of climate solutions? – The BAM! project

by University of Antwerp on uantwerpen.be

A European research consortium investigates whether a low-energy solution for carbon capture can be designed using an ooze of rocks, fungi, bacteria and earthworms. „Can we use the power of biology to increase the rate of silicate weathering to unmatched levels in a bio-reactor?“ That is the key question addressed in BAM! (Super-Bio-Accelerated Mineral weathering), a project funded by the European Innovation Council through the Pathfinder programme.  

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BioNET – Multi-stage assessment of biobased negative emission technologies

What is the potential of biobased negative emission technologies, in short NETs? And what expectations are placed on them? The joint project BioNET analyses these questions and provides a knowledge base for the evaluation of biobased technologies. BioNET aims to compile data for policy makers, agriculture, forestry and science in order to demonstrate the potential of bio-based NETs to stakeholders. The objectives are:

  1. Provide a transparent and widely accessible database on bio-based NETs,
  2. new participatory approaches to investigate social and institutional feasibility, and
  3. Development and holistic assessment of national scenarios for bio-based NETs taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Stakeholder organisations in Germany are involved in all phases of the project. In the selected case study regions in the Rhine-Neckar region and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the BioNET project team is working closely with practice partners from agriculture and forestry as well as with local and regional politics.

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Capture 6

…is a Public Benefit Corporation with offices in Berkeley, California, USA and Rotorua, NZ. Capture6 focuses on enhanced approaches to capturing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere (direct air capture). Their innovation is driving down the cost of carbon removal to less than $100 USD per tonne today. Capture6 has developed the SPACERSTM framework to describe their CDR approach, which is based on the „Oxford Principles on Carbon Offsetting“ that calls for moving to CDR that is permanent, irreversible, and with a small physical footprint to not displace or impact local communities.

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Pilot carbon capture plant helping pave the way to a climate-neutral Europe

by CORDIS on techxplore.com

„An EU-backed project [ACCSESS (Providing access to cost-efficient, replicable, safe and flexible CCUS)] has started up a pilot CO2 capture plant in Norway. […] The first important milestone has now been reached with the launch of the Hafslund Oslo Celsio CO2 capture plant in Klemetsrud, Norway. […] When the test campaign finishes, the pilot will be moved to Technology Center Mongstad, also in Norway. It will be integrated with a rotating packed bed absorber unit developed by project partner PROSPIN in Poland. This marks the technology’s next phase of development, culminating in the commercialization of a modular, rapid and easy-to-build product. CO2 capture test campaigns will be carried out at the Stora Enso kraft pulp mill in Skutskär (Sweden) and at the HeidelbergCement kiln in Górażdże (Poland) during the period 2023-2024.“

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„This Startup Is Enhancing the Ocean’s Ability to Store Carbon, Reversing Acidification“

by Scarlett Buckley on sustainablebrands.com

„Ebb Carbon’s pioneering carbon-removal technology combines with electrochemistry to accelerate the ocean’s natural process of carbon removal, safely storing it for 10,000+ years, whilst simultaneously reducing ocean acidity […] The electrochemical process works by intercepting the saltwater that saltwater-treating facilities deposit back into the ocean and adjusting the electricity of its molecules — the salt and water molecules in saltwater are rearranged to produce acid and slightly alkaline saltwater solutions. When this alkaline saltwater returns to the ocean, a natural chemical reaction occurs — and CO2 is pulled out of the air and stored as bicarbonate.“

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Travertine Technologies: Re-engineering chemical production for Carbon Dioxide Removal

The proprietary electrochemical process permanently converts carbon dioxide into a mineral while simultaneously producing sulfuric acid–the world’s most produced chemical–for use in critical element extraction and fertilizer production. Travertine was founded by UC Berkeley Professor Laura Lammers, an expert in carbonate mineralization, to reduce the environmental impact of extracting elements that are needed for the renewable energy transition.

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Climate Overshoot Commission

The Commission is holding conversations about whether and how additional approaches could reduce the risks of a warming climate, and will recommend an integrated governance strategy. The Commission is a high-level group to address all these options in a holistic, integrated manner, free from conventional political constraints. Members include former heads of government, national ministers, directors of intergovernmental organizations, leaders of environmental groups, and academic experts.

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DrawDAO Project

DrawDAO is a community of carbon drawdown project operators, climate activists, scientists, and artists fighting climate change via the open-sourcing of carbon dioxide removal & storage (CDRS) methodologies and the pledging of funds to new and emerging CDRS projects. They are on a mission to drive awareness to, catalyze, and fund the creation of hundreds of new carbon drawdown projects. Regardless of funder status, community members will have access to tools and support to learn how to start their own carbon drawdown projects.

Project application: create a PDF document with the information outlined at the website.

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Using alkaline rock minerals to combat climate change

Press release on geomar.de

How can carbon dioxide (CO2) be removed from the atmosphere and stored safely and permanently in the ocean? This question is being investigated by scientists from seven nations led by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in an experiment just starting in the Raunefjord near Bergen, Norway. In mesocosms, free-floating, experimental enclosures, they are exploring whether the ocean can absorb additional CO2 from the atmosphere through the addition of alkaline minerals – known as ocean alkalinisation – and what influence this has on marine communities. The study will last until mid-July and takes place as part of the Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies (OceanNETs) project funded by the European Union.

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Setting DAC on Track – Strategies for Hub Implementation

White Paper of Christopher Allen, Alayna Chuney, Courtni Holness, Rory Jacobson, Ugbaad Kosar, Vanessa Suarez on Carbon180

„In late 2021, Congress made a down payment on early DAC projects with the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provided $3.5 billion in funding over five years for several DAC facilities through the Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs (DAC Hubs) program. As the first large-scale US deployments of DAC, these hubs are an opportunity to define the field with high-quality projects that create robust environmental and public health benefits, new jobs and economic opportunities, and broad community support.“

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