20.09.2021

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Video: CNBC: Why Bill Gates Is Funding Solar Geoengineering Research

"Fires burning across the Amazon rainforest have renewed the debate about solutions to climate change. Bill Gates is backing the first high-altitude experiment of one radical approach called solar geoengineering. It's meant to mimic the effects of a giant volcanic eruption. Thousands of planes would fly at high altitudes, spraying millions of tons of particles around the planet to create a massive chemical cloud that would cool the surface. [...] The technology is not far from being ready and it's affordable, but it could cause massive changes in regional weather patterns and eradicate blue sky. [...]Watch the video to learn how it would work and hear the debate around the ethics and efficacy of solar geoengineering."

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17.09.2021

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Gasworld: Aker’s partnership could see first ‘sold as service’ carbon capture and storage

"A joint venture between sustainable carbon company Carbonor and carbon capture solutions provider Aker Carbon Capture (ACC) could see the first time that carbon capture and storage is sold as a service, where a fee is paid based upon the amount of carbon captured."

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17.09.2021

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Gasworld: Aramis CCS project aims for large-scale carbon reduction

"A partnership between Dutch energy companies that will aim to make major headway in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for 2030 has been formed. A collaboration between TotalEnergies, Shell Netherlands, Energie Beher Nederland (EBN) and Gasunie will aim to initiate the Aramis project to reduce industrial CO2 in the Netherlands by developing CO2 transport facilities to allow for offshore storage of the gas."

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17.09.2021

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Upstream: Norway opens up two new offshore areas for carbon capture and storage

"The Norwegian government has released two new areas for the potential injection and storage of carbon dioxide on the Norwegian continental shelf. The government confirmed last week the two areas had been open for applications following approaches from several unnamed industry players which considered those specific areas as 'interesting' for CO2 storage."

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08.09.2021

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Blog: The Future of Carbon Capture: A View of the Current Players

"As per the 2021 IPCC report, it is clear that it is no longer sufficient to simply reduce carbon emissions. In order to tackle climate change, we need to rapidly remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. While this seems daunting, hundreds of companies have worked towards various carbon capture and sequestration methods over the last few decades. We have compiled a list of some of these companies with a variety of carbon sequestration technologies."

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08.09.2021

# Calls & events

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Call for Papers: Frontiers: Research Topic: Harmonizing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) guidelines

Deadline: 31. October 2021

"The Global CO2 Initiative convened a series of workshops and established the International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group in partnership with the following organizations. The group promotes research, development, and commercialization of carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies requires assessing the environmental and economic opportunities and risks. Life cycle assessments and techno-economic assessments are means to quantify these opportunities and risks. For consistent conduct and transparent reporting, a common framework is needed. The mission of the International CCU Assessment Harmonization Group is to create this common framework. We are bringing together related efforts, analyze differences and seek to eliminate them where possible."

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06.09.2021

# New Publications

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Rodrigues, Renato; et al. (2021): Narrative-driven alternative roads to achieve mid-century CO2 net neutrality in Europe

Rodrigues, Renato; Pietzcker, Robert; Fragkos, Panagiotis; Price, James; McDowall, Will; Siskos, Pelopidas et al. (2021): Narrative-driven alternative roads to achieve mid-century CO2 net neutrality in Europe. In Energy, p. 121908. DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2021.121908.

"The tightened climate mitigation targets of the EU green deal raise an important question: Which strategy should be used to achieve carbon emissions net neutrality? This study explores stakeholder-designed narratives of the future energy system development within the deep decarbonization context. European carbon net-neutrality goals are put under test in a model comparison exercise using state of the art Energy-Environment-Economy (E3) models: ETM-UCL, PRIMES and REMIND."

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03.09.2021

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The Atlantic: How the U.S. Could Slash Climate Pollution by 2030

"Democrats will soon reveal how the Biden administration’s plans could cut U.S. climate pollution in half this decade. Is that goal even possible?"

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03.09.2021

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MIT Technology Review: Why capturing carbon is an essential part of Biden’s climate plans

"In a Q&A, the new chief of staff at the Office of Fossil Energy explains why trapping and storing CO2 'is really the only option' for major parts of the economy."

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03.09.2021

# New Publications

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Zolfaghari, Zahra; et al. (2021): Direct air capture from demonstration to commercialization stage: A bibliometric analysis

Zolfaghari, Zahra; Aslani, Alireza; Moshari, Amirhosein; Malekli, Mohammadreza (2021): Direct air capture from demonstration to commercialization stage: A bibliometric analysis. In Int J Energy Res 7 (10), p. 291. DOI: 10.1002/er.7203.

"Among different carbon capturing technologies, direct air capture (DAC) reduces CO2 emissions from air. While the technology readiness level (TRL) of DAC is in the demonstration stage, identifying the commercialization research gaps and possible opportunities can help with diffusion and adoption of the technology. This research uses a knowledge discovery in research databases, based on bibliometric analysis and data mining, to understand DAC research and development's current status and future. Then, we identify the critical areas of the research gap for commercialization."

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