Team plans industrial-scale carbon removal plant

first_imgAs the Earth continues to heat up, so have calls to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change. But many experts say that even if all emissions stopped tomorrow, the planet would continue to warm and seas would continue to rise.A key issue is that atmosphere would still be clogged with 200 years’ worth of human-produced carbon dioxide. “The question is, what do we do with all this excess CO2 in the atmosphere?” said Noah Deich, executive director and co-founder of the nonprofit Center for Carbon Removal.A new application of old technology may be the answer. “Direct air capture” that removes the gas from ambient air has possible since the 1940s, but — at a cost estimated in 2011 to be as much as $1,000 per metric ton of CO2 — it has long been viewed as too expensive to be practical.David Keith, the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, thinks it can be done for a lot less. He and his colleagues estimate that their company, Carbon Engineering, could capture CO2 for between $94 and $232 per metric ton. In the journal Joule, the team outlined the material and engineering costs of their system — the first time the costs of a commercial direct-air-capture process have been published.The paper could have major ramifications across the industry.“Until now, basically no one in the industry has published an open-book number that will give credibility that direct air capture costs less than the $500 to $1,000 per metric ton that has been estimated,” Deich said.CO2 molecules make up only .04 percent of the air — that’s one in 2,500 molecules. Nonetheless, “We need enormous volumes of CO2 removal and to achieve that, we need accurate economic analysis and hard engineering data,” said Julio Friedmann, CEO of Carbon Wrangler LLC and senior advisor at The Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. “This paper provides that transparency.”Keith co-founded Carbon Engineering in 2009, when direct air capture was still on the fringes of industrial climate solutions. Carbon Engineering’s goal is to use direct air capture to produce carbon-neutral fuels and converting carbon-free energy into high-energy fuels for vehicles such as planes and barges, which are difficult to electrify.The Carbon Engineering team’s approach differs from their few competitors in the field.“We’re not developing a fundamentally new product or unit operation,” said Keith. “That’s the design choice we made. We’re making something that’s never been done before — commercial large-scale air capture — but we’re doing it on a basis of technology that already exists.”,In the Carbon Engineering system, a remodeled industrial cooling tower containing a liquid hydroxide solution captures CO₂ and converts it into carbonate. The carbonate is then converted into pellets in equipment originally created to extract minerals in water-treatment plants. Finally, the carbon pellets are heated in a kiln originally designed for roasting gold, and transformed into pure carbon dioxide gas, which can be turned into synthetic fuel.Keith’s team worked directly with commercial suppliers of each of piece of repurposed equipment to design tests, engineer alterations, and develop cost estimates to adapt the hardware for a commercial direct-air-capture plant.“In a post-Paris Accords world, everyone has been talking about carbon removal but most of the analysis is secondary literature or policy perspectives,” said Keith. “This is the first paper to estimate the cost of direct air capture based on a detailed engineering design and cost analysis. While uncertainties, of course, remain, the fact that it can be built using established processes and suppliers gives us confidence to develop industrial-scale plants.”With that cost breakdown, direct air capture — especially direct air capture that can be used to make synthetic fuel — may look less exotic and more attractive to investors and policymakers.In addition, the technology is location-independent, which should add to its allure, said Joe Lassiter, retired Senior Fellow and Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management at the Harvard Business School.“A commercial carbon capture facility could be located anywhere in the world where renewable or nuclear is inexpensive,” said Lassiter. “This is an example of how engineering and human cleverness can find economically feasible and sustainable solutions to the problems that society faces.”To date, Keith and the Carbon Engineering team have raised about $30 million. The next step is to raise funds for a plant that can deliver fuels to market, which depends on finding a renewable power supplier who wants to supply high-capacity power at a low price and incentives for low-carbon fuels.“I hope this paper will launch 1,000 master’s students to figure out how to create an even better future using this technology,” said Friedmann.Most of the funding for the work came from funds CE raised from its investors. This research was also supported in part by the British Columbia Innovative Clean Energy Fund, Sustainable Development Technologies Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Industrial Research Assistance Program, Western Innovation Initiative, and the U.S. Department of Energy.last_img read more

Data center in Nevada to host world’s largest customer-sited solar-plus-storage project

first_imgData center in Nevada to host world’s largest customer-sited solar-plus-storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:A colossal Nevada data center will host the largest customer-sited solar-storage project in the world.Data center operator Switch plans to buy power for its record-breaking Citadel facility from an adjacent project developed and owned by Capital Dynamics. A 60-megawatt/240-megawatt-hour Tesla Megapack installation will turn 127 megawatts of solar capacity into a nearly 24/7 power source.This marks one entry in a broader effort by Switch founder and CEO Rob Roy to meet his company’s energy needs with clean-energy investment in its home base of Nevada. But while plenty of tech companies have purchased clean energy to account for their power consumption, and some have required clean energy produced in the regions where it is consumed, none have produced it at their own facilities at this scale.The largest behind-the-meter battery title previously went to Convergent Energy + Power for 10-megawatt systems to help industrial companies dodge demand charges in Ontario, Canada. The Switch battery, integrated by Con Edison’s commercial solutions arm, would be six times larger than Convergent’s systems when it comes online in a couple of years.“We see ourselves doing more,” said Benoit Allehaut, managing director for clean energy infrastructure at Capital Dynamics. But, he added, “We have to have scale, and it’s a custom job. The replicability is feasible, but with limitations.”Data centers have a generally flat demand profile, which influenced the choice to add a battery to the solar facility. The battery sizing turns the roughly 130 megawatts of solar capacity into 30 megawatts of “quasi-baseload” renewables, Allehaut said.[Julian Spector]More: World’s largest customer-sited solar-storage plant planned for Nevada desertlast_img read more

Judge rules Mick Mulvaney may run CFPB

first_imgMick Mulvaney may serve as the acting director of the CFPB, a federal judge ruled Tuesday evening.Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, was President Trump’s choice to run the agency following the resignation of Director Richard Cordray.Cordray had tried to install agency Deputy Director Leandra English as acting director before he resigned—citing a section of Dodd-Frank that says the deputy serves when the director is absent or unavailable.English filed suit in an effort to block Mulvaney from taking control of the CFPB.However, the Trump Administration argued that under the Federal Vacancies Act, the president has the power to appoint an acting agency head as long as that person already has been confirmed by the Senate for another position. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Thailand has first avian flu case in a year

first_imgOct 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 48-year-old Thai man who died yesterday had H5N1 avian influenza, marking Thailand’s first human case in more than a year, according to Thai officials and the World Health Organization (WHO).The man, who fell ill after slaughtering sick chickens, had the first case in Thailand since Oct 8, 2004, the WHO said. Thailand has had 18 confirmed cases, including 13 deaths, since the current wave of H5N1 outbreaks began in late 2003.The man’s 7-year-old son became ill with respiratory symptoms Oct 16 and is hospitalized, with test results awaited, the WHO said. The man lived in Kanchanaburi province, where several poultry outbreaks of H5N1 were reported earlier this month, the agency said.Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said today that new test results had confirmed the father’s case, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. Officials previously said the man had tested negative. The WHO said samples from the man will be tested further at a WHO reference laboratory.The man, named Bang-on Benphat, got sick shortly after cooking and eating his neighbor’s chickens, which had been sick, the AP story said. His son had also had contact with the chickens.According to the AP, Dr. Thawat Suntrajarn, head of the Thai Department of Communicable Disease Control, said, “The people in this area should have known better. They took sickly chickens and killed and ate them. This is extremely dangerous.”Thawat said the father and son didn’t catch the virus from eating the chicken, because others who shared the food didn’t get sick, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Despite control efforts, Thailand has contended with scattered avian flu outbreaks in poultry since early 2004. In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) last week, Thailand said it had had 53 outbreaks in seven provinces in the preceding week.The last human H5N1 case confirmed by the WHO was in a hospitalized 21-year-old man from Sumatra in Indonesia on Oct 10. The WHO’s overall case count now stands at 118 cases with 61 deaths.The latest case comes amid growing fear over the recent detection of H5N1 in birds in Turkey, Romania, European Russia, and possibly Greece, along with concern that the virus may spread to Africa. But a WHO representative in Thailand, William Aldis, said the Thai case doesn’t signal an increase in the threat of a human flu pandemic, according to the AP report.”It doesn’t mean the pandemic is any closer,” he said. “The virus probably isn’t any different, and it doesn’t mean Thailand has failed in its control efforts.”In other news, some smuggled birds seized from a freighter arriving in Taiwan tested positive for the H5N1 virus, according to news services. Taiwan has not yet had any H5N1 outbreaks.A Panamanian-registered freighter that was stopped by the Taiwanese coast guard was carrying 1,037 smuggled birds from China, according to a Reuters report. Officials said 276 of the birds were dead, and when 46 of them were tested for H5N1, eight were positive, the report said.The birds, of 19 species, were intended to be sold as pets, according to the news reports.Elsewhere, the European Union’s executive commission said a preliminary test on a sample from a Greek bird had tested negative for the H5 virus, according to an AFP report. Officials reported on Oct 17 that a turkey on a Greek island had tested positive for an H5 virus.An EU spokeswoman said further testing is necessary and precautions remain in place, the AFP report said.In Macedonia, officials began killing thousands of poultry after a disease outbreak last weekend killed about 1,000 birds in the village of Mogila, according to an AFP report today. The story said authorities referred to the disease as “Newcastle flu,” but one official quoted in the story also mentioned an “H1” strain of avian flu. Exotic Newcastle disease is devastating to poultry but does not affect humans.See also:Oct 20 WHO news release case count (official and unofficial numbers) read more

US embassy in Seoul removes Black Lives Matter banner

first_imgThe US embassy in South Korea has removed banners celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement and gay pride after running afoul of President Donald Trump’s administration.The embassy had unfurled a banner on the building reading “Black Lives Matter” at the weekend in solidarity with the increasingly global movement that has emerged after the killing of African American George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.In a Facebook message on Saturday, the embassy said the banner “shows our support for the fight against racial injustice and police brutality as we strive to be a more inclusive & just society”.The U.S. Embassy stands in solidarity with fellow Americans grieving and peacefully protesting to demand positive change. Our #BlackLivesMatter banner shows our support for the fight against racial injustice and police brutality as we strive to be a more inclusive & just society.— U.S. Embassy Seoul (@USEmbassySeoul) June 13, 2020 On Twitter, the US ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris said he believed that from “diversity we gain our strength” and quoted late president John F. Kennedy.Harris is Japanese-American and previously told embassy staff that he was “deeply troubled about the events surrounding the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and the ongoing aftermath”.”As an Asian American who was raised in the segregated South of the 1960s, I never thought I would see this happening again, especially in the 21st century,” he added in a message.But the BLM banner was taken down on Monday, with CNN quoting an anonymous source saying that the request to do so came from the office of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Topics :center_img The embassy also removed a rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBTQ equality movement — hours before a landmark US Supreme Court decision that outlawed discrimination against workers based on sexual orientation.On Tuesday a huge banner commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean War covered the space previously occupied by the two emblems, featuring a black and white photograph of a bugler in a military cemetery and a Korean-language message reading: “We don’t forget.”  In a statement, an embassy spokesperson said the removal of the BLM banner “in no way lessens the principles and ideals expressed by raising the banner, and the embassy will look for other ways to convey fundamental American values in these times of difficulty at home”.Pompeo, an evangelical Christian who in the past has said that he defines marriage as between a man and a woman, last year restricted the flying of rainbow flags, as some embassies had been doing each June for Pride Month, which celebrates the movement for LGBTQ equality.Pompeo had ordered that only the US flag should fly from embassy flagpoles. The pride flag in Seoul was on the building facade near the Black Lives Matter sign, not on the pole.Trump and Pompeo have both condemned the killing of Floyd and spoken in general terms of the need to reform law enforcement.But Trump has described himself as bringing “law and order” and vilified the protest movement.last_img read more

Paul Merson predicts where Arsenal will finish after David Luiz and Kieran Tierney signings

first_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 10 Aug 2019 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link381Shares 1/1 Paul Merson expects the Gunners to finish fourth this season (Picture: Getty)‘Hazard has gone, and now Luiz has gone as well, and that leaves Frank Lampard short of centre backs because Antonio Rudiger is injured.‘We don’t know if the young players they have there are ready yet, so I think Frank is up against right it away.‘And if Chelsea lose at Manchester United this weekend the pressure will already be on him and it might not end well.‘I think he’s going to find it hard. I hope he makes a success of it but with that squad, I’m not sure. You’re taking away one of the best players in the world in Hazard. Video Settings About Connatix V67539 Coming Next Read More Advertisement Skip Ad by Metro Read More Paul Merson predicts where Arsenal will finish after David Luiz and Kieran Tierney signings Comment Read Morecenter_img Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Arsenal signed David Luiz from Chelsea on deadline day (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes deadline-day signings David Luiz and Kieran Tierney can help Arsenal break back into the top four of the Premier League.The Gunners suffered a dismal run of form towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign to slip out of the top four and then lost to Chelsea in the Europa League final.Unai Emery was desperate to bolster his squad this summer and Arsenal secured deals for Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, Tierney and Luiz.Tierney and Luiz arrived from Celtic and Chelsea respectively on transfer deadline day and Merson says the pair can help Arsenal secure a top-four finish.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Skip 1 min. story More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Arsenal hero told Star Sport: ‘David Luiz is not the answer to Arsenal’s defensive problems but he might be enough to get them back in the Champions League.‘I say that not because he makes my old club much stronger but because he makes Chelsea so much weaker.‘I think they are already right up against it after selling Eden Hazard to Real Madrid because they relied on him immensely last season.‘They’re back in the Champions League but they haven’t really been able to add players because of the transfer embargo. Full Screen Read More Read More / Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement PLAY Kieran Tierney arrived a the Emirates from Celtic (Picture: Getty)‘Frank will be expected to finish in the top four – but I reckon Arsenal might just sneak that last place.‘Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham will be the top three. They are streets ahead of the rest. But I’m not sure about United and Chelsea. If Arsenal find some consistency, it’s theirs to take.’Brazilian defender Luiz played almost 250 games for Chelsea in two stints at Stamford Bridge and Merson sees the benefits of his move to Arsenal.He added: ‘I’d be shocked if Luiz majorly improves their defending. But he will make them entertaining. He will make mistakes.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘But he also has a sweet diagonal ball in him, and he can pick a pass when he wants to. It ticks the boxes in some ways.‘Luiz has plenty of experience, he’s a winner with a big personality, a leader. Arsenal don’t have those kinds of characters.‘He can also go straight in without needing any time to adjust. He’s used to the league and the country. He won’t need a few weeks to settle.’AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Scottish full back Tierney, Merson said: ‘I think that is a great signing. And Arsenal spent a lot of money on Nicolas Pepe. I didn’t think they would do that kind of business.’MORE: Mauricio Pochettino explains Jan Vertonghen absence from Aston Villa clash Top articleslast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Urban Agriculture is Feeding Neighborhoods, Building a Stronger Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Urban Agriculture is Feeding Neighborhoods, Building a Stronger Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 07, 2019center_img Environment,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today toured Sankofa Farm, part of Bartram’s Garden, to learn how the urban farm would use their $50,000 Urban Ag Grant to improve infrastructure, strengthen the community, and further address food sovereignty in Philadelphia.“Bartram’s Garden is a model for how urban agriculture can provide for communities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “They’re providing jobs, educating youth, feeding the food insecure, and generally invigorating the neighborhoods they serve.”The tour, led by leadership of Bartram’s, allowed Governor Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding to see the grounds that have produced more than 10,000 pounds of produce since 2012 and hear their vision for the future.“We are so grateful to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for supporting the important work of urban farms throughout the commonwealth,” said Bartram’s Garden Executive Director Maitreyi Roy. “This grant will allow the farms of Southwest/West Philadelphia, Sankofa Farm at Bartram’s Garden, the Mill Creek Farm, Walnut Hill Garden and the Urban Tree Connection, to continue our work to strengthen community health through farming, build intergenerational connections through the cultivation of ancestral crops, and advancing the goal of food sovereignty in Philadelphia.”The Bartram’s Garden project will use a $50,000 Urban Ag Grant plus a $50,000 match from partners to invest in:A new garden bed program to provide southwest neighbors with beds that come supplied with seeds, soil, plants, and free monthly workshops on gardening;Upgrades to existing garden beds;A vehicle to transport materials and produce;Supplies including lumber, tools, soil, and plants;Commercial kitchen rental;Refrigeration upgrades;Equipment to build a new farm stand;And, tools to fill a library to be shared among partnering sites.In July of this year, Governor Wolf signed Act 40 to create the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides both microgrants, for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding, and macro grants, for projects that demonstrate cooperative or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding. The $500,000 in total urban agriculture grant funding will benefit 28 projects in Allegheny, Butler, Erie, Lawrence, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties.“Bartram’s is more than a garden, and agriculture is more than rural fields and amber waves of grain,” said Agriculture Secretary Redding. “Urban agriculture has the power to change lives. We’re investing in a healthier, stronger Pennsylvania.”For more information on the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, visit read more

Man City will be in pole position if Messi is available

first_img Loading… Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour, has very deep pockets if the right man becomes available. Eight years after ending his spell as boss, with Messi in his team, his passion for the LaLiga giants is strong. He has always made it clear he expects Messi will finish his career at his spiritual home. Any team in the world would want him and he is showing no signs of slowing down. At City, there will be a few watching the developments this week with particular interest. Guardiola was Messi’s coach for four years when they enjoyed unprecedented success, including two Champions League titles. Then there are former Barca execs Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain who have been so influential in City’s success. They have remained in contact with Messi and his father Jorge since taking positions at the Etihad in 2012. And do not forget close pal and international team-mate Sergio Aguero, who would love to renew their partnership at club level. Messi says Aguero has been like a brother to him since they first played together for their country at youth level. A strong Catalan influence runs through City and Messi would find it a home from home. Despite a disappointing season, City have enjoyed an amazing run on the domestic front. Next month they will face Aston Villa at Wembley looking to win a sixth major trophy from the last seven on offer. Or eight in nine if you count Community Shields, as Pep likes to do. The Carabao Cup would make it 11 trophies since ending their drought just over nine years ago. But maintaining that means bringing in the right players on a consistent basis. And as tantalising a prospect Messi is for the City board, it would still be an eye-watering and epic deal. Details of Messi’s contract, which runs until summer next year, were published by Football Leaks a couple of years ago. Read Also:I’m not Messi’s dad–says Barca boss amid Man City speculation They claim his basic wage was £60million a year, with another £25m in image rights — a staggering £1.6m a week! He will also collect a £59m bonus if he remains at the Nou Camp for the length of the contract, meaning he must stay for another 18 months to cash in. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Soon after he took over the club in 2008, City slapped a £70million bid on the table for young star Lionel Messi. Such was the surprise at Barcelona, that they rang the Premier League to find out whether it was genuine or not. But the last dozen years have proven City are deadly serious about all big players. Now Liverpool are streaking towards a title City defended last season, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Etihad era was coming to an end. But they now desire once again to land Messi — as we revealed yesterday. If Messi’s spat with sporting director and former team-mate Eric Abidal cannot be resolved, then City are not going away without a fight. Manager Pep Guardiola has spoken of his wish to deliver the Champions League to the Sheikh — and he will want the Premier League crown back from Jurgen Klopp as well. And if it is not Messi that arrives, parading a light blue shirt, it is sure to be another huge name. One thing is for sure, there is no way Barca will be doubting this move for their football icon. Messi turns 33 in June and this could be the last chance for City, or anyone else, to land the legend. Guardiola knows better than anyone the effect losing Messi could have on Barca. So he will also be well aware of the impact the Argentinian could have on City. The feeling among the Etihad hierarchy — who know the Catalan giants so well — is that the Messi situation with Abidal will be resolved. But at the same time, there is a quiet confidence that if Messi ever did leave Barca then they would be in pole position. Guardiola was asked this week whether the departure of Messi would hit Barca as hard as Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit has hurt Real Madrid. He said: “It is inevitable, these players are so important. “When Messi leaves Barca it will take time to readjust. It is inevitable. They score 40 to 50 goals per season.”Pep remains a proud Barca fan. Promoted Content10 Legendary Movies To Learn History FromBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Look At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink PineappleThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Davis takes Hobby Stock honors at DCRP

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (April 11) – Cody Davis worked his way past early leader Zach McLemore on the ninth round then held off a late charge from Reagan Sellard to win the inaugural 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock feature by half a car length Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park.While Sellard settled for second, Matt O’Hair filled out the podium in third.After catching a timely caution two laps into the IMCA SportMod main, Jeremy Sigler led the distance in the 20-lapper to capture his first career win in the division.Sigler outdueled Jason Lunow on the opening circuit to nab the early lead, only to have Lunow slip under on the third round for the lead. But after a caution that put Sigler back out front, there was no stopping his No. 21J as he raced virtually unchallenged to the checkered flag ahead of Lunow with 10th-starter Jared Baird third.Michael Pepper turned in a dominant performance to win the 12-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event, leading all the way to the checkered flag ahead of Dusty Witthuhn and Ron Hartman.Rain forced the postponement of the evening’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event nightcap to the April 25 card.last_img read more