Can’t-miss Houston energy event: CCS/Decarbonization Project Development, Finance & Investment Summit

A two-day summit focused on decarbonization project development is in Houston this week. Photo via Getty Images

Calling all investors, emitters and developers in the decarbonization space.

When: Monday, July 24, from 8 am to 6:30 pm, and Tuesday, July 25, from 8 am to 3 pm

Where: Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria (2001 Post Oak Blvd)

Price: $1,995 for full summit access

Who: Professionals within project development, emitters, providers of tax equity, development capital, and cash equity in the energy industry

Learn more and register.

Infocast’s CCS/Decarbonization Project Development, Finance & Investment Summit will bring together project developers, emitters, providers of tax equity, development capital and cash equity to explain the latest developments, showcase critical market information, and provide an “inside view” from the perspectives of all the players in these deals.

What to expect from the summit:

  • Learn how your project can take maximum advantage of ALL available federal and state programs and incentives – including those in the IRA And IIJA
  • Get detailed business case information on the latest Direct Air Capture and emissions capture decarbonization projects
  • Hear from emitters on their needs and what they are looking for in CCS/decarbonization projects
  • Understand the critical elements in structuring these projects to attract tax equity, development capital and cash equity financing
  • Receive a detailed briefing from tax equity, cash equity and development capital providers on how they will assess potential investments in this brand-new asset class

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A Rice University professor studied the Earth's carbon cycle in the Rio Madre de Dios to shed light on current climate conditions. Photo courtesy of Mark Torres/Rice University

Carbon cycles through Earth, its inhabitants, and its atmosphere on a regular basis, but not much research has been done on that process and qualifying it — until now.

In a recent study of a river system extending from the Peruvian Andes to the Amazon floodplains, Rice University’s Mark Torres and collaborators from five institutions proved that that high rates of carbon breakdown persist from mountaintop to floodplain.

“The purpose of this research was to quantify the rate at which Earth naturally releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and find out whether this process varies across different geographic locations,” Torres says in a news release.

Torres published his findings in a study published in PNAS, explaining how they used rhenium — a silvery-gray, heavy transition metal — as a proxy for carbon. The research into the Earth’s natural, pre-anthropogenic carbon cycle stands to benefit humanity by providing valuable insight to current climate challenges.

“This research used a newly-developed technique pioneered by Robert Hilton and Mathieu Dellinger that relies on a trace element — rhenium — that’s incorporated in fossil organic matter,” Torres says. “As plankton die and sink to the bottom of the ocean, that dead carbon becomes chemically reactive in a way that adds rhenium to it.”

The research was done in the Rio Madre de Dios basin and supported by funding from a European Research Council Starting Grant, the European Union COFUND/Durham Junior Research Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation.

“I’m very excited about this tool,” Torres said. “Rice students have deployed this same method in our lab here, so now we can make this kind of measurement and apply it at other sites. In fact, as part of current research funded by the National Science Foundation, we are applying this technique in Southern California to learn how tectonics and climate influence the breakdown of fossil carbon.”

Torres also received a three-year grant from the Department of Energy to study soil for carbon storage earlier this year.

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