Carbon Solutions Newsletter, May 2024


Sources and Sinks

A Newsletter from Carbon Solutions

May 2024

MIT & Carbon Solutions

Concrete Sustainability Study

Description: Carbon Solutions and MIT researchers recently collaborated to analyze spatial models designed to decarbonize the cement industry. These models can be used to identify the nearest pipelines and carbon storage to cement facilities, which can greatly reduce overall system costs. If the cement industry leads the way in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), we could see 5 times more carbon capture from 100 additional facilities, while the transport infrastructure would only increase by roughly 2 times.  

Building Understanding: CCS Projects in WY & MI

Description: Exceptional outreach events are connecting CCS researchers, stakeholders, community members, and industrial partners all over the country. In May, Erin Middleton had the opportunity to attend two such gatherings. The first event, the Wyoming Energy Authority’s Next Frontier Energy Summit, discussed the challenges and opportunities in Wyoming’s energy sector. The second event was Advancing CCUS in the Michigan Basin project, hosted by the Michigan Geological Survey (MGS) and Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education (MGRRE). Students, industry representatives, MGS, and MGREE staff and faculty across Michigan learned about the importance of seal formations in CCS and the work in this area that was completed by the project team.

Holocene Unveils Commercial DAC Demonstration

Description: Exciting news from Holocene, the climate tech company led by Anca Timofte and Keeton Ross! Last week, they celebrated the launch of their commercial DAC demonstration facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. A huge accomplishment for the team and a significant step forward in CO₂

removal technology. BJ Brooks joined the celebration alongside key partners who have supported Holocene’s DAC journey: DOE, ORNL, TVA, and UT-K. Holocene’s participation in programs like UT’s Spark Innovations Center and ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program has been instrumental in bringing this commercial DAC facility to life. This demonstration machine represents a major leap forward for Holocene’s operations. It’s a 100,000x scale-up to a 10-tonne per year research and development machine!

– Mark Your Calendar-

New Webinar on May 29th!

Description: This webinar will discuss the infrastructure required and costs associated with decarbonizing the industrial sector by carbon capture and storage (CCS). To understand the potential of carbon capture, we used the 𝘚𝘪𝘮𝘊𝘊𝘚ᴾᴿᴼ toolset – integrated CCS network analysis (𝘚𝘪𝘮𝘊𝘊𝘚ᴾᴿᴼ), CO₂ capture (𝘊𝘖₂𝘕𝘊𝘖𝘙𝘋), CO₂ transport (𝘊𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘔𝘈𝘗ᴾᴿᴼ), and CO₂ storage (𝘚𝘊𝘖₂𝘛ᴾᴿᴼ). First, we ran models requiring certain capture targets to be met and then analyzed the costs, infrastructure, and industrial sectors that resulted from meeting these capture targets. Second, we discounted storage costs for a range of potential tax credits to model how much CO₂ could be stored and the costs and infrastructure build-out that would follow. Finally, we examined how our results might impact disadvantaged communities, as defined by a selection of federal environmental justice metrics. We hope you will join us!

New Employee Alerts!

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