06.07.2020

# New Publications

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Noah McQueen; et al. (2020): Ambient weathering of magnesium oxide for CO 2 removal from air

Noah McQueen; Peter Kelemen; Greg Dipple; Phil Renforth; Jennifer Wilcox (2020): Ambient weathering of magnesium oxide for CO 2 removal from air. In Nat Commun 11. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-16510-3.

"Here we detail a land-based enhanced weathering cycle utilizing magnesite (MgCO3) feedstock to repeatedly capture CO2 from the atmosphere. In this process, MgCO3 is calcined, producing caustic magnesia (MgO) and high-purity CO2."

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06.07.2020

# Media

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Daily Mail: Scheme backed by Dominic Cummings to ‘suck’ excess carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground gets £100m from the Treasury

"However, a roll out of the technology would be expensive and demand massive amounts of energy - which in itself could be a huge source of CO2 emissions."

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01.07.2020

# Political Papers

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House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis (2020): Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis (2020): Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America. Majority Staff Report. Washington, D.C.

"The report lays out the Climate Crisis Action Plan, full of detailed, ambitious and actionable climate solutions that Congress should enact to benefit American families in communities across the nation."

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01.07.2020

# Media

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Government of the UK: Press Release: PM: A New Deal for Britain

"Innovation:

  • Up to £100m of new funding for research and develop a brand new clean technology, Direct Air Capture (DAC), which captures CO2 emissions directly from the air around us. If successful, DAC technology could be deployed across the country to remove carbon from the air, helping sectors where it’s tough to decarbonise such as aviation.
  • To help bring forward this technology, the government is exploring options around carbon pricing and incentives, where the government may pay a price per tonne of CO2 captured."

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01.07.2020

# Media

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Medium: Creating Jobs and Meeting Climate Goals: The Evolving Case for Direct Air Capture

"From construction to plant operations, DAC offers employment opportunities — all while tackling a critical environmental issue."

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29.06.2020

# Political Papers

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Rhodium Group (2020): Capturing New Jobs and New Business: Growth Opportunities from Direct Air Capture Scale-Up

"The Linden Trust for Conservation commissioned Rhodium Group to conduct an independent assessment of the potential employment and business opportunities associated with the scale-up of DAC technology in the US. Using the scenarios above, we’ve quantified the number of potential new jobs and other opportunities for growth in major markets like construction, steel, cement, chemicals, electricity, and natural gas, resulting from broader DAC deployment."

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15.06.2020

# Media

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Red Green and Blue: Could direct air capture of CO2 work? IF so, we have to invest in carbon capture tech NOW

"Congress recently approved at least $35 million for research and development of direct air capture technology and $60 million overall for research into carbon dioxide removal technologies. This is the first time direct air capture – a type of technology that pulls greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere for storage elsewhere – has received this level of dedicated federal R&D funding in the US."

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12.06.2020

# Media

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Carbon Engineering: CE Breaks Ground at Direct Air Capture Innovation Centre

"The Carbon Engineering Innovation Centre will be CE’s permanent business and advanced development headquarters where the company will further optimize and innovate its groundbreaking carbon removal and clean energy solutions. CE’s Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology removes CO2 directly from the atmosphere at large scale, and its complementary AIR TO FUELSTM technology produces ultra-low carbon intensity fuels out of captured atmospheric CO2, water, and clean electricity."

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10.06.2020

# Media

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Climeworks: Making unlimited renewable fuel a reality

"Leading industry consortium Norsk e-Fuel is building the first European plant to generate renewable fuels from CO₂ and water using 100% renewable electricity. Climeworks is proud to be part of this consortium and provide CO₂ from air for the production of renewable fuel."

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10.06.2020

# Media

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Energy.gov: Department of Energy to Provide $22 Million for Research on Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Air

"The initiative encompasses two concurrent funding announcements—one by DOE’s Office of Science (SC) and another by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE)—and will span the spectrum from fundamental research in materials and chemical sciences to field testing of prototypes."

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