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January 30, 2023 | Tom Ballard

DOE announces two local grantees in its “Carbon Management” initiative

One of the recipients is Holocene Climate Corporation, a member of the "Innovation Crossroads" program. UT, Knoxville is a partner with a University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa-led consortium.

A member of Cohort 6 of the “Innovation Crossroads” program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) are among 33 research and development projects to share $131 million in funding announced on Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The projects advance the wide-scale deployment of carbon management technologies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution. The local recipients are part of DOE’s “Carbon Management” funding opportunity that will develop technologies to capture CO2 from utility and industrial sources or directly from the atmosphere and transport it either for permanent geologic storage or for conversion into valuable products such as fuels and chemicals.

  • Holocene Climate Corporation, the member of the “Innovation Crossroads” program, plans to partner with ORNL to conduct bench-scale testing of a new optimized direct air capture system using amino acids and guanidine compounds, a chemical process invented at ORNL. Holocene plans to use ORNL’s chemistry to further develop and deploy the technology on a commercial scale. Total federal funding is $1.5 million with $420,000 of match.
  • UTK is part of a partnership led by the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa that will develop a low-cost and eco-friendly biomolecule-regulated carbonation system. The system will convert calcium-rich, alkaline construction and industrial wastes, such as recycled concrete fines, cement kiln dust, and high calcium fly ash, into carbon-negative and carbonate-rich supplementary cementitious materials, and then permanently store CO2 in the produced materials. Other partners are the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sutterlin Research LLC. Total federal funding is $2 million with a $500,002 match.

More details can be found here.

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