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The Inflation Reduction Act could push climate change tech into the future

By Pranshu Verma and Evan Halper Photo: Emily Wright

Billions in tax credits to make electric vehicles cheaper. Hefty fees for high-polluting gas and oil companies. Funding to speed the production of solar panels and wind turbines. Cash to create the country’s first “green bank.”

08/12/22
                                                               

This 17-Year-Old Designed a Motor That Could Potentially Transform the Electric Car Industry

By Margaret Osborne

Robert Sansone is a natural born engineer. From animatronic hands to high-speed running boots and a go-kart that can reach speeds of more than 70 miles per hour, the Fort Pierce, Florida-based inventor estimates he’s completed at least 60 engineering projects in his spare time. And he’s only 17 years old.

08/11/22
                                                               

The Inflation Reduction Act Includes a Bonanza for the Carbon Capture Industry

By Alejandro De La Garza Photo: Luke Sharrett, Getty Images

Thanks to Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.), there isn’t much in the way of consequences for big CO2 emitters in Democrats’ new climate bill. But there are huge new rewards for high-emitting companies to pump their greenhouse gasses underground, and for facilities that propose to remove emissions directly from the atmosphere. Those provisions have the startups, investors, and legacy oil companies proposing to provide that service over the moon. “We’re definitely going from a curiosity to a priority,” says Steve Lowenthal, chief commercial officer of Frontier Carbon Solutions, a carbon capture startup. “This changes the game.”

08/11/22
                                                               

Surfing a wave of controversy over deep-sea mining

By Heather Clancy

“We have to create the legal framework to stop high seas mining and not to allow new activities that endanger ecosystems.” That statement by French President Emmanuel Macron during a side event at the United Nations Ocean Conference earlier this summer hooked attention for an issue every climate tech entrepreneur should reflect on deeply: the race by mining companies to dive into

08/10/22
                                                               

Solar-to-Jet-Fuel System Readies for Takeoff Water vapor, carbon dioxide, and concentrated sunlight can now yield kerosene

By Payal Dhar Photo: IMDEA Energy

As climate change edges from crisis to emergency, the aviation sector looks set to miss its 2050 goal of net-zero emissions. In the five years preceding the pandemic, the top four U.S. airlines—American, Delta, Southwest, and United—saw a 15 percent increase in the use of jet fuel. Despite continual improvements in engine efficiencies, that number is projected to keep rising.

08/03/22
                                                               

Congress Is Giving Billions to the Chip Industry. Strings Are Attached.

By Ana Swanson Photo: Philip Cheung, The New York Times

Amid a global semiconductor shortage, and as lawmakers dithered over a bill to boost U.S.-based chip manufacturing, Intel went to the Biden administration with a proposal that some officials found deeply alarming.
Intel told Commerce Department officials that it was considering expanding its manufacturing capacity for chips by taking over an abandoned factory in Chengdu, China. The new facility, the company said, could help ease a global chip crunch that was shuttering car and electronics factories and beginning to fuel inflation.

08/03/22
                                                               

Carbon Capture Won’t Work, But It Will Funnel Billions to Corporations

By Wenonah Hauter Photo: Dominika Zarzycka/Nurphoto Via Getty Images

Carbon capture is having a moment, and it’s not hard to see why: As Texas Monthly reports, “the worldwide carbon-capture market is expected to grow from about $2 billion this year to about $7 billion in 2028.”…

07/31/22
                                                               
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Carbon Capture Technology’s Moment Has Arrived As Climate, Energy Crises Grow

By Emell D. Adolphus Illustration: Garth Glazier

During the week of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s first-ever Carbon Negative Shot summit on July 20, daily temperatures in Arizona rose to well over three digits consecutively, weather in northeastern states sizzled above previous record highs, the U.K. had its hottest day on record (104.5°F), and a wildfire, sparked in central California, scorched acres of land and spurred evacuations near Yosemite National Park. Described as a call to action for innovation in carbon dioxide removal, policymakers, energy officials and advisers at the virtual summit did not sugarcoat the climate change realities currently gripping nations. Reaching net zero is no longer enough, they warned. Only sucking CO2 directly from the air to be safely stored underground can move carbon emissions in the right direction.

07/27/22
                                                               

Materials startup raises $46 million to replace cement

By Heather Clancy Photo: Terra co2 Technology

The case for reducing emissions related to concrete production is solid and building, especially given the material’s central role in all the new projects going on globally. From a revenue standpoint, the construction industry is projected to reach $14.4 trillion by 2030, double the sales in 2020. According to one estimate, if you were to aggregate all that activity on a weekly basis, it would account for a city the size of Paris.

07/20/22
                                                               

Who certifies Carbon Dioxide Removal?

By Sarcusa

Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) will be necessary to fulfill the hundreds of pledges to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
As with any industry, standard methodologies and certification are crucial to guarantee performance and safety.

07/20/22