20.04.2018

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Daily Energy Insider: EPW Committee highlights support for carbon utilization, direct air capture research bill

"The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee recently highlighted support from various stakeholders for the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, which would support carbon utilization and direct air capture research. The legislation would also support federal, state and non-governmental collaboration on the construction and development of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) facilities and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines."

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30.03.2018

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Song, Juzheng; et al. (2018): Quaternized Chitosan/PVA Aerogels for Reversible CO 2 Capture from Ambient Air

Song, Juzheng; Liu, Jie; Zhao, Wei; Chen, Yan; Xiao, Hang; Shi, Xiaoyang et al. (2018): Quaternized Chitosan/PVA Aerogels for Reversible CO 2 Capture from Ambient Air. In Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b00064.

"Developing inexpensive and highly efficient CO2 air capture technologies is an important solution for solving the greenhouse problem. In this work, we used the low-cost quaternized chitosan (QCS)/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hybrid aerogels with quaternary ammonium groups and hydroxide ions to reversibly capture CO2 from ambient air by humidity swing."

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15.02.2018

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Gas World: Climeworks establishes new market mechanism to help achieve climate goals

"Swiss firm Climeworks has signed several historic contracts for its new Carbon Dioxide Removal solution, marking the first time a company is commissioned to permanently remove the carbon dioxide (CO2) of its customers from the atmosphere."

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05.02.2018

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The Guardian: How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

"It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?"

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20.01.2018

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Bellona: EU Parliament concludes synthetic low carbon fuels should indeed be low carbon

"Yesterday, the European Parliament voted on the use of renewable energy in the coming decade. Of all the big issues on the radar, the Parliament caught the one that tried to fly under it – synthetic fossil fuels. Produced by using massive amounts of renewable energy and fossil CO2 from industrial sources, the fuel would be emitting that same fossil CO2 back to the atmosphere from the tailpipe of the car it’s combusted in. By requiring the use of CO2 captured from the ambient air for its production, the Parliament ensured that the so called synthetic low carbon fuel indeed remains low carbon. However, much remains wanting in the renewable energy directive, but in this regard the Parliament move prevents CO2 laundering and false climate accounting of new synthetic fossil fuels."

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19.01.2018

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Nori: Podcast with Klaus Lackner

"Podcast with Dr. Klaus Lackner of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions"

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14.01.2018

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Eco Ri: Carbon-Capture Machines Part of Southern New England's 'Climate Change Moonshot' Initiative

"Graciela Chichilnisky has a machine that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and she wants to build them in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained mathematician is a professor of economics at Columbia University and the CEO and co-founder of Global Thermostat, a New York City company that produces industrial-scale systems that collect carbon dioxide and sell it for commercial uses, such as carbonating soda, making plastic, or feeding plants."

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17.12.2017

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Honegger, Matthias; Reiner, David (2017): The political economy of negative emissions technologies. Consequences for international policy design

"n order to understand whether NETs can provide a significant contribution to mitigation, financial incentives are needed that allow implementing the most attractive NET activities at the global scale. We see the market mechanism under Article 6.4 of the Paris Agreement – colloquially called ‘Sustainable Development Mechanism’ – as a possible cornerstone of such a policy instrument. While initially NETs will not be competitive on the free market, the mechanism can facilitate bilateral financial transfers for NETs, where mitigation units accrue to the financier."

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13.12.2017

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Christian Science Monitor: After the pledge: Scientists scramble to make politicians' climate goals a reality

"As global leaders meet Tuesday in Paris for the One Planet Summit, the world is waking up to the reality that achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement requires more than good intentions."

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09.12.2017

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Quartz: Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that

"This October, it went a step further, partnering with Climeworks, a Switzerland-based startup, to install a machine that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air. That gas is also sent underground, where it, too, eventually turns to rock. The result is a “negative emissions” power plant that literally subtracts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As of this writing, the Climeworks machine has already pulled out more than 5 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air and injected it underground, the equivalent of burying the annual carbon footprint of a household in India."

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