Sketchfab adds 3D sound to its 3D model sharing?platform gives you more options to share your posts on social networks The OrCam MyEye helps visually impaired people read and identify things Trainline now gives you real-time train information in France Foodles uses connected fridges to modernize your office canteen Partech Ventures raises $450 million fund Google Acquires Cloud Monitoring Service Stackdriver Agrilyst raises another $1.5M for its intelligent indoor farming platform Google Drive now lets you easily comment on Microsoft Office files, PDFs and images Juniper Square raises $6M for its real estate investment platform Microsoft''s Azure Event Grid hits general availability Andrew Ng officially launches his $175M AI Fund GitLab acquires Gemnasium to strengthen its security services Microsoft drops the price of its standard support for Azure to $100 per month Alphabet launches new cybersecurity company, Chronicle, out of its X moonshot factory Tigera raises $10M to help enterprises secure their cloud native applications Windows 10 can now show you all the data it''s sending back to Microsoft Tracing The Origins Of Leaked Oscar Screeners Malware Finds People Searching For Pirated Simpsons Episodes AMD Inching Closer To ‘Green’ Processors With Next-Gen APUs Congressman Proposes New Warning Label For Violent Video Games O2 Plans Free, Nation-wide Wi-Fi Network In The UK: Jealous? Just In Time For Trenta: Send Your Facebook Friends Starbucks Card eGifts With Adapter, Wi-Fi Comes To A Texas Instruments Graphing Calculator Near You Video: Captain Planet Would Be Proud Of The T-Shirt That Detects Pollution Video: Ben Heck Dazzles & Creates Mobile Phone Charger Powered By Kinetic Energy U R Not (Red-E) For This Pair Of PlayStation Nike Air Force 1s UK Anti-Piracy Firm Buckles Under Scrutiny, Wants To Drop Infringement Cases DC Universe Online: So Popular They Can''t Keep It On Store Shelves TomTom Traffic Stats: Know Your Traffic Patterns (If You''re In Government) Video: LA Noire''s Second Trailer Graces Your Monday With Its Presence Anyone-Can-Enter Newsdemon Contest Puts Up Black Ops, Civilization V Giganews'' Retention Has Reached 900 Days Direct2Drive Now Has A PC Game Rental Service: $5 For 5 Hours Of Gameplay Coca-Cola''s Alan Boehme is taking the CTO reins at Procter & Gamble Spain''s biggest companies are charging into crypto Bringing influencer marketing to small businesses, Unity Influence raises $1 million California DMV changes rules to allow testing and use of fully autonomous vehicles Jumia expands its lending program for small businesses across Africa North Korean hackers stole South Korean and U.S. war plans Andela, a tech training and development outsourcer for African coders, raises $40M Small business lending in Mexico gets a boost Australia''s Startmate accelerator announces its most recent class New research shows that apps can help combat screen addictions Already huge in China, Tuputech pitches its AI that identifies porn and violence stateside How reports from 4chan on the Las Vegas shooting showed up on Google Top Stories Search and social media was filled with clickbait and propaganda in the wake of Vegas shooting StackCommerce buys Joyus to focus on video and expand into fashion, shopping and beauty Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson says the company is mining cryptocurrencies Stockpile raises $30 million to popularize fractional share investing
Amazon hires Disney SVP Kyle Laughlin as director of Alexa Gadgets
Apple’s battery cases return for the iPhone XS and XR
The Future Of TV Is HTML
This Week On Bullish: Can The Bold Italic Come Back?
Microsoft Drops New Windows 10 Mobile Build, Promises Faster Release Cadence
Cisco Pops 2.5% After Reporting Better-Than-Expected FQ4 Revenue Of $12.84B
Yahoo Sags 4% After Alibaba's Q2 Earnings Disappointment
Microsoft Postpones Ship Date For Its 'Surface Hub' Wall Computer To January
You Can Now Run Windows 10 On Your Mac
Microsoft Drops Another Windows 10 Update
Zulily's Buyout Spike Leaves It Less Valuable Than When It Went Public
Microsoft Launches New Windows 10 Build, Vows To Keep Its Early Access Program Alive

漂流瓶终于彻底拜拜 微信7.0.4新版体验
微信漂流瓶被玩坏了 聊聊漂流瓶里那些事
微信关闭漂流瓶 它曾经满足了我们对世界的好奇
[视频]惠普Chromebook x360 14 G1评测:搭载Chrome OS的商务变形本
借贷宝:停止催收百名裸条女大学生 未满23岁将不得借贷
京东白条多地频现盗刷 消费者遭催收公司“逼债”
借款野蛮催收行为将被规范 真是几家欢喜几家愁
为规范网贷催收 上海互金协会发行业倡议书
腾讯解释为什么微信没有夜间模式 真相你相信吗?

Oil and gas giants Chevron and Occidental are backing tech to combat carbon emissions

当前位置: 艾金森 > 门户 > 海外资讯

点击量 3
编辑: 1   作者: Techcrunch   时间: 2019/3/26 11:04:24  

Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company developing technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and process it for use in enhanced oil recovery or in the creation of new synthetic fuels, has locked in financing from two big industry backers - Chevron and Occidental Petroleum - to bring its products to market.

The undisclosed amount of capital Carbon Engineering raised from the investment arms of two of the world's largest oil and gas companies - Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Chevron Technology Ventures - will be used to commercialize its technology at a time when legislation in California and British Columbia are making low-carbon fuels more economically viable, according to a statement from the company's chief executive, Steve Oldham. The company had already managed to nab Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as an investor.

Gates is one of several big-name backers to be drawn to renewable energy technologies in the face of a steadily warming planet that's rapidly approaching a tipping point of no return when it comes to global climate change. Together with a group of other multi-billionaires, including Marc Benioff, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson, Jack Ma, Masayoshi Son and Meg Whitman, Gates launched a $1 billion fund called Breakthrough Energy Ventures last year to back companies that are developing things like new energy storage and water production technologies.

The Squamish, B.C.-based Carbon Engineering isn't in the Breakthrough portfolio, but is one of several companies working on making economically viable a technology called "direct air capture" of carbon dioxide.

At the company's pilot plant in Squamish, air gets hoovered up by giant fans into a processing facility where it is treated with potassium hydroxide, which captures and holds the carbon dioxide. Then more chemicals and heat are added to the mix to create millions of small white pellets - which contain higher concentrations of the carbon dioxide.

After that, the pellets are heated again to create a gas that is almost pure carbon dioxide. That gas can be either sequestered underground (a proposition with no economic benefit for Carbon Engineering at the moment) or converted back into fuels or chemicals, or used in enhanced oil recovery.

Carbon Engineering and competitors like ClimeWorks?or Global Thermostat?claim they can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for roughly $100 per ton, or a bit less once they can get to scale. To make money though, they'll need to refine that carbon dioxide into some sort of product - likely a fuel, which will return that carbon to the atmosphere.

Other companies tackling carbon capture, like Newlight Technologies and Opus12, convert the carbon into plastics or chemicals, while companies like CarbonCure aim to turn the captured carbon into a cement replacement.

While these products from carbon emissions are available, they're not yet commercially viable at a significant scale. Oldham told National Public Radio that the fuel Carbon Engineering manufactures is roughly 20 percent more expensive than regular gasoline.

That's why states like California are putting incentives in place to offset the added costs of using these low-carbon products.

Carbon Engineering has already spent $30 million to develop its process, while Climeworks raised $31 million last year to develop its own version of this carbon capture technology.

Not all climate watchers are convinced that these kinds of negative emission technologies are the answer. They argue that it's less expensive to use renewable energy and other carbon-free energy sources than to take carbon dioxide out of the air.

At this point, though, emission reductions may not be enough. Given the dire reports coming out of the Trump administration and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it's going to take pretty much a combination of everything that humanity's got to avoid a pretty catastrophic fate for a pretty large portion of the world's population.

New US report says that climate change could cost nearly $500B per year by 2090