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Houston energy company's European arm enters into offshore carbon storage project

Fidelis New Energy's newly announced Norne Carbon Storage Hub in Denmark has announced a new customer. Photo courtesy of Fidelis

A Houston company has signed onto an offshore carbon storage deal in Denmark.

Fidelis New Energy Europe, the European arm of Houston-headquartered Fidelis New Energy, and Norway-based Carbon Centric have signed a letter of intent for Fidelis recently announced Norne Carbon Storage Hub in Denmark. With the agreement, Norne will "safely and permanently store CO2 emissions of Carbon Centric's clients," according to a news release.

"Norne enables the safe and environmentally friendly decarbonization of key segments of the Danish and European economies while ensuring industries remain globally competitive due to the low overall costs of CO2 mitigation," Bengt Jarlsjo, co-founder, president, and COO of Fidelis, says in a news release. "This announcement with Carbon Centric is an important milestone for the decarbonization of Denmark and Northern Europe. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Carbon Centric."

Carbon Centric plans to store around 800,000 tons of CO2 annually with Norne by 2027, according to the release, and the company's CO2 will be moved to Fidelis' CO2 reception facility at the Port of Aalborg. Carbon Centric has carbon management already underway in Norway and Iceland, with others planned inDenmark and Sweden.

"At Carbon Centric we have been looking for a company like Fidelis that will be able to ensure cost-effective large scale carbon storage for our clients. Norne is visionary with its ability to scale up quickly and will allow us to build out our businesses together," Kenneth Juul, Carbon Centric chief commercial officer and co-founder, says in the release. "With Denmark's foresight of moving quickly toward onshore carbon storage and with Fidelis' plans and prior three years of work on the Norne vision to provide carbon storage solutions on both Jutland and Zealand, we see a great opportunity to expand our activities in Denmark."

Carbon Centric is just the latest customer for the Norne Carbon Storage Hub, which was announced in May by Fidelis. The facility is billed as being "safe, ESG-friendly, and economically advantaged." The hub reportedly aims to store more than 20 million tons of CO2 per year by 2030.

Earlier this month, Fidelis New Energy selected Mason County, West Virginia selected Mason County, West Virginia, as the site for its carbon neutral hydrogen production facility and low carbon microgrid — The Mountaineer GigaSystem and the Monarch Cloud Campus for data centers powered by net-zero hydrogen.

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Calling all students and faculty interested in energy tech. Photo via Getty Images

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship will host the regional qualifier for a Department of Energy-backed student competition, and the application deadline to participate is coming up.

The DOE's EnergyTech University Prize, or EnergyTech UP, a virtual regional qualifier hosted by the Rice Alliance will take place in February, and applications for students and faculty are now open. A $400,000 collegiate competition, the program challenges student teams to develop a business plan based off of National Laboratory-developed or other emerging energy technology.

"Understanding that energy is often inherently local, competitor teams first present at their designated regional events in February, where regional finalists are identified," reads an email from Rice. "Finalists are provided exclusive mentorship to help students refine their ideas throughout February and March."

If selected as a finalist, the student teams will pitch at Zpryme’s 2024 Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas on April 15, 2024.

The application deadline is February first for students. To qualify, the student teams must:

  • Be comprised of university or college students
  • Have at least two students on the team (can be undergraduate students, graduate students, or a mix)
  • Create a business plan based on a national lab technology or technology from their university

This year there's a new track for faculty that has a prize of $100,000 on the line. Faculty have until January 5 to apply.

The DOE is hosting an informative webinar on December 5 for those interested in learning more.

The 2023 competition had one winning Houston-based team from Prairie View A&M University and University of Houston. The team, entitled "Revolutionizing Hydrogen with Ceramic Membranes" won the National Lab Technology IP Licensing Bonus Prize.

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