11.02.2019

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Clean Energy Wire: Carbon capture technologies not yet mature for large-scale use, German gov says

"Technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are not yet technically mature enough to contribute to climate action, the German government has said in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the pro-business party FDP."

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11.02.2019

# Political Papers

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Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament): Status quo "Negative Emissions": Promotion of CO2 Extraction Technologies (German)

German press release on Negative Emissions

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11.02.2019

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Gasworld: C-Capture raises £3.5m in funding round

"A CO2 removal specialist has captured the attention of three big companies to secure major investment for its technology."

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11.02.2019

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New Civil Engineering: World's first for carbon capture at Drax power plant

"The massive 4,000MW Drax power plant in North Yorkshire has started using bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology to capture up to 1t of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) every day."

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04.02.2019

# New Publications

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Williams, N.; et al. (2019): CO2 Capture via Crystalline Hydrogen-Bonded Bicarbonate Dimers

Williams, N.; Seipp, C.; Brethomé, F.; Ma, Y.; Ivanov, A.; Bryantsev, V. et al. (2019): CO2 Capture via Crystalline Hydrogen-Bonded Bicarbonate Dimers. In: Chem. DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2018.12.025.

"Human activities in the last one and a half centuries have perturbed the natural carbon cycle, shifting massive amounts of carbon from the geosphere into the atmosphere and leading to climate change at an unprecedented pace. [...] Here, we demonstrate a promising approach to CO2 capture based on crystallization of bicarbonate-water clusters with a simple guanidine compound. The CO2 separation cycle involves a unique proton-transfer mechanism via the formation of a carbonic acid dimer, leading to efficient CO2 release and quantitative regeneration of the guanidine compound and requiring significantly less energy than state-of-the-art carbon-capture technologies."

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04.02.2019

# Calls & events

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Call for Abstracts: The Role of Negative Emission Technologies in Addressing Our Climate Goals

Deadline: 1. March 2019

"It is clear that Negative Emission Technologies (NETs) can never be a wholesale replacement for reducing emissions but may be useful in displacing some energy/emission intensive sectors. It is unlikely that a single NETs proposal can be scaled sufficiently to meet this demand, and a portfolio of approaches may be more feasible. The primary removal methods of focus in this research topic of Frontiers in Climate will include all negative emissions strategies that directly mitigate climate change."

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04.02.2019

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Financial Times: Could a superplant save the planet?

"The California campus, designed by Louis Kahn in the early 1960s, is one of the most celebrated examples of modernist architecture in the world. Its stark grandeur is as ambitious as the groundbreaking research taking place inside. [...] Now a group of them are tackling another life-threatening problem: climate change. They are setting out to do something that has never been done before, to create the “Ideal Plant” — one that will help curb global warming."

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04.02.2019

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Chemistryworld: Biomass carbon capture pilot points to a new sector whose time has come

"The Drax power station in North Yorkshire is in the final stages of commissioning Europe’s first trial of negative emissions technology. The demonstrator will capture carbon dioxide generated by burning biomass using a novel solvent developed by C-Capture, a spin-out from Leeds University. It follows successful laboratory tests, and the pilot project aims to trap one tonne of carbon dioxide a day with a capture rate of 90%."

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28.01.2019

# New Publications

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Miocic, J.; et al. (2019): 420,000 year assessment of fault leakage rates shows geological carbon storage is secure

Miocic, J.; Gilfillan, S.; Frank, N.; Schroeder-Ritzrau, A.; Burnside, N.; Haszeldine, S. (2019): 420,000 year assessment of fault leakage rates shows geological carbon storage is secure. In: Scientific reports 9 (1), S. 769. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36974-0.

"Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is routinely cited as a cost effective tool for climate change mitigation. CCS can directly reduce industrial CO2 emissions and is essential for the retention of CO2 extracted from the atmosphere. To be effective as a climate change mitigation tool, CO2 must be securely retained for 10,000 years (10 ka) with a leakage rate of below 0.01% per year of the total amount of CO2 injected. Migration of CO2 back to the atmosphere via leakage through geological faults is a potential high impact risk to CO2 storage integrity."

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28.01.2019

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Clean Technica: Why Excluding Nuclear, Fossils With Carbon Capture, & Biofuels From The Green New Deal Makes Financial & Climate Sense — #RealityCheck

"Recently, though, some vocal advocates have pushed back, claiming that the only way prices will stay low with large amounts of renewables on the power grid is to use nuclear power, fossil fuels with carbon capture, and biofuels, which they claim are 'zero carbon.'"

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