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CO2 Solutions Testing Carbon-Capture Technology

CO2 Solutions, an enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology company, has partnered with the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) to test its technology at EERC’s testing facility using natural gas and coal flue gas in December.

The program's goal is to evaluate several CO2 capture technologies that are among the most advanced systems under development for power and steam-generation plants.

The tests will have around twice the capacity of the company`s largest testing to date. Data from the EERC program is expected to provide valuable input for the pilot initiative to run with Husky Energy in 2015. It will also provide additional performance benchmarking of CO2 Solutions' enzyme-accelerated process against other solvent-based processes.

CO2 Solutions expects the program will benefit its U.S. market entry, particularly for commercial applications such as Enhanced Oil Recovery, through the exposure of its technology to the program's prominent industry participants. The EERC program also offers a flexible platform that allows for the testing of different equipment configurations, which is part of the company’s strategy to deliver a commercial solution that offers both low operating and capital costs compared to existing equipment solutions available today.

Carbon dioxide has become a business liability — decreasing a firm’s value by $212,000 for every 1,000 metric tons produced, according to a 2013 KPMG report. London-based Carbon Analytics (CA) is developing an online platform that makes it quick and easy for companies to measure and manage the carbon footprint of their supply chains — where 75 percent of a typical organization's carbon footprint comes from. The platform, currently in beta, uses a three-stage process to apply its environmental models to derive meaningful, actionable insight from purchasing data.

Carbon capture technologies will be an important part of helping to reduce global greenhouse gas levels and avert climate catastrophe. During the UN Climate Summit last week in New York City, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio committed to reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels, with plans to renovate its public and private buildings. Most of this will be achieved by targeting energy consumption related to heating, cooling and operations.

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