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DOE-backed summit to come to Houston to address carbon management

This fall, Rice University's research hub will host a DOE-backed event focused on carbon management. Photo via Rice/Facebook

Climate change-focused multimedia company Climate Now announced this week that it will partner with the city of Houston and Rice University to host a Carbon Management Community Summit this fall.

The summit, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, will be held at Rice University Bioscience Research Collaborative on November 16 and 17, and will feature interactive workshops and breakout learning sessions, as well as presentations and discussions from excerpts in the field. It will also be broadcasted virtually for those who cannot attend the event in person.

Key topics are set to include:

  • Carbon management technologies
  • The regulatory process for implementation and oversight
  • How to get involved in project development
  • How to minimize and mitigate risks
  • How to ensure that projects benefit local communities and workforce development

The summit will also focus on the DOE's plans to launch the Responsible Carbon Management Initiative, which aims to promote safety and accountability in carbon management projects, according to the department.

"The Department of Energy is committed to supporting carbon management opportunities that build on Houston's current initiatives while also ensuring that communities and other impacted stakeholders are at the center of those efforts,” Brad Crabtree, assistant secretary of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management at the DOE, said in a statement. “Ultimately, communities and stakeholders can become project partners whose ideas and concerns can improve project design and outcomes, and ensure that tangible economic and environmental benefits flow to affected communities.”

The event also aims to bring the community, industry leaders, government officials and educational institutions to the same table.

"“It is our responsibility to develop innovative technologies and practices that will reduce carbon emissions, and as we do this, we also have a responsibility to address environmental injustices and lift up communities that have been historically under-resourced,” Mayor Sylvester Turner added in the statement.

The event, which has registration open online, is free to attend, and a speaker list and agenda are slated to be announced in the coming weeks. Participants can attend one or both days of the event. A Spanish translation will be available onsite and virtually.

The Carbon Management Community Summit marks the second time Rice and the DOE have partnered on an energy innovation event. In July the DOE announced $100 million in funding for its SCALEUP program at an event for more than 100 energy innovators at the university.

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A California startup that's revolutionizing polymer cathode battery technology has announced its series A round of funding with support from Houston-based energy transition leaders.

LiNova Energy Inc. closed a $15.8 million series A round led by Catalus Capital. Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies, which has its US HQ in Houston, and Houston-based Chevron Technology Ventures, also participated in the round with a coalition of other investors.

LiNova will use the funds with its polymer cathode battery to advance the energy storage landscape, according to the company. The company uses a high-energy polymer battery technology that is designed to allow material replacement of the traditional cathode that is made up of cobalt, nickel, and other materials.

The joint development agreement with Saft will have them collaborate to develop the battery technology for commercialization in Saft's key markets.

“We are proud to collaborate with LiNova in scaling up its technology, leveraging the extensive experience of Saft's research teams, our newest prototype lines, and our industrial expertise in battery cell production," Cedric Duclos, CEO of Saft, says in a news release.

CTV recently announced its $500 million Future Energy Fund III, which aims to lead on emerging mobility, energy decentralization, industrial decarbonization, and the growing circular economy. Chevron has promised to spend $10 billion on lower carbon energy investments and projects by 2028.

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