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Richard Middleton


Dr. Richard Middleton is CEO and co-founder of Carbon Solutions LLC, a mission-driven, fast-growing business focusing on low-carbon energy Research & Development and Software & Services. Energy applications include CO2 capture and storage (CCS), direct air capture (DAC), hydrogen, energy equity, and renewable energy (geothermal, wind, and solar). Previously, he was a manager and senior scientist at Los Alamo National Laboratory (LANL) for more than a decade.

Dr. Middleton’s research has focused on two major areas: (1) energy & infrastructure modeling, including CCS, unconventional fossil fuels (such as shale gas and CO2-enhanced fracturing & hydrocarbon recovery), geothermal exploration, wind energy optimization, and bioenergy planning and landscape design; and (2) climate impacts on natural & engineered systems including climate extremes, hydrology, ecosystem dynamics, and the energy-water nexus. He has been ranked as the US’ third-most productive CCS researcher (1997−2017) as well as LANL’s most-published Earth science first-author from 2010–2018. He is the lead developer of SimCCS, a research- and industry-leading decision support framework for understanding how, where, and when CCS infrastructure could and should be deployed.

Education and Training:

Ph.D. | Geography/Operations Research | University of California Santa Barbara 2001–2006 | GPA: 4.0
M.Sc. | Geographical Information Science (GIScience) | University of Leicester 1998–1999 | Distinction
B.Sc. | Geography | Lancaster University1993–1996 | 2:1