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How do you drive decarbonization when resource or capacity-constrained?

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 71

Janice Tran joins Alex Cameron to talk about Kanin’s solution that is already converting waste industrial heat into clean energy, Ideal for those looking for a highly cost-effective step in their industrial decarb strategy.

Listen in to learn about a decarbonisation solution for industrials looking to effect change in the short term. Janice Tran, CEO and Co-Founder of Kanin Energy, talks with Alex about how waste-heat-to-energy can act as an in-road for industrials seeking to decarbonise. Janice talks about how tech like this can help fund further decarbonisation plans, as well as have an impact on your CO2 footprint. You’ll also hear about their recently announced collaboration with Tallgrass Energy and how the opening of their second office in Houston fits into the plans for future platform development.

Links: 

  • Learn more about Kanin Energy here
  • Read more about Kanin Energy’s collaboration with Tallgrass Energy here
  • Check out Janice Tran’s profile on Harvard Business School’s page
  • Find out more about our work with industrial decarbonisation leaders here
  • Interested in exploring the emergence of major decarbonisation hubs in the US?  Check out our next event – Decarb Invest 2022. Join us to evaluate the CCUS, H2 and clean power hubs in development in the US. Find out when multi megaton and gigaton projects will be live ahead of 2030.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

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What is green hydrogen’s role in the energy transition?

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 70

Listen to Lorenzo Ducci and Filippo Bartoloni talk about ENEL’s green hydrogen plans and their role in decarbonising industry. 

Electrification won’t be straight forward for all industries, especially those with high industrial heat requirements. Energy-intensive manufacturers around the world are curious about the potential for green hydrogen as one of the potential routes they could take. Join Alex Cameron in conversation with Lorenzo Ducci and Filippo Bartoloni of ENEL Green Power to explore how they build scalable projects (including NEXTHy in Sicily) and the collaborations that can bring green H2 to commercial scale and reality.

The conversation spans examples of projects in development, ENEL Green Power’s approach to partnerships and how industrial partners can prepare and set themselves up for project success. Whether you’ve questions about the commerciality, infrastructure or how to prepare for a green H2 project – this is a conversation worth settling in for.

Links: 

  • Check out ENEL Green Power’s Hydrogen page here
  • Read more about the NextHy project in Sicily here
  • Have a look at ENEL Green Power’s factbook here
  • Learn about ENEL Green Power’s plans after winning IPCEI Hy2Tech funding here
  • Find out more about our work with industrial decarbonisation leaders here
  • Are you interested in major hydrogen projects?  Check out our next event – Decarb Invest 2022. Join us to evaluate the CCUS, H2 and clean power hubs in development in the US. Find out when multi megaton and gigaton projects will be live ahead of 2030.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

How could carbon market changes revolutionise cement production in the next 3 years

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 68

Join this conversation with David Boyd of Carbon Re to find out about the changes on the horizon for European CO2 trading and its impact on the tech & innovation plans and budgets cement companies are needing to put in place.

David Boyd from Carbon Re joins Alex to talk about how cement manufacturers will need to step up to the changes in ETS rules that lie ahead. Cement producers have so far avoided significant negative impact of carbon taxes on their CO2 output as their free allowances have largely balanced their typical average emissions – they only have to buy credits if they emit more than average, and they can sell credits if they emit less than usual.

But changes on the horizon will mean that cement companies big and small will need to invest in a range of technologies to avoid costly carbon costs. We talk about the emerging regs, what David sees the response from industry being and talks about the role that their own technology can play in improving cement’s CO2 performance.

 

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Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

 

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Disrupting old school feedstocks with new, plant-based materials

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 67

Find out how industrial emissions could be reduced using innovative plant-based materials that both sequester CO2 and can replace fossil fuels and CO2-intensive materials.

Wendy Owens, Founder & CEO of Hexas, joins Alex to talk about how regenerative, plant-based raw materials can ultimately replace wood and fossil fuel-based materials in a variety of sectors. With applications in energy, chemicals, packaging, textiles, composites, structural/non-structural products, bioremediation, and more, Wendy talks about Hexas’ farm-to-fiber platform for the reliable delivery of their XanoFiber product.

With multiple applications and the ability to grow crops fast and in a variety of climates and soil types, this early stage venture is catching the eye of major energy producers as well as industrials looking for alternative feedstocks for their materials.

 

Links: 

  • Learn more about XanoFiber and Hexas here.
  • Follow this link to connect with Hexas on social media.
  • Interested in connecting with others working to solve the industrial decarbonisation challenge? Join us at Decarb Connect Europe in Amsterdam (21-23 June, 2022) – the leading gathering of industrials, investors and tech all geared to accelerating decarbonisation. Find more information here.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

 

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

How to engage industrials as a key partner in scaling negative emissions tech

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 66

Innovation is still urgently needed to ensure that the best, scalable solutions are being created to solve complex decarbonisation challenges. Join Benjamin Tincq from Marble Studios to hear how they are helping founders create companies that can tackle the toughest climate problems.

Investment in climate tech is rising – but do we yet have the best possible (and scalable) solutions to complex decarbonisation challenges? Benjamin Tincq, Co Founder of Marble Studios, talks with Alex about the need for disruptive tech that targets the most critical problems, tech that is created for the issue rather than a tech in search of an issue.

The conversation takes in examples of key negative emissions technologies, the need to match the critical problems we face to the right talent and the what it will it take to get the right solutions to a cost effective stage of deployment.

There’s a great call to action here too – so listen to the end to hear how domain experts (that could be you) can guide and support disruptors and tech.

 

Links: 

  • Learn more about how Marble Studios is working with disruptor cohorts working on the toughest climate challenges here.
  • Follow this link to connect with Benjamin Tincq.
  • Interested in connecting with others working to solve the industrial decarbonisation challenge? Join us at Decarb Connect Europe in Amsterdam (21-23 June, 2022) – the leading gathering of industrials, investors and tech all geared to accelerating decarbonisation. Find more information here.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

*Correction: During the podcast, Ben refers to the fact that 5-15gt of CDR will be needed by 2050 according to IPCC – he has asked us to clarify that he meant “per year”.  

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

 

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Focusing on the U of CCUS – how CarbonCure reuses co2 in the concrete sector

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 65

Sean Monkman, SVP of Technology Development at CarbonCure, talks about how they are helping concrete producers lower CO2 by focusing on the U of CCUS – Utilisation of CO2

CarbonCure has been a favourite of investors and a winner of the XPrize – for ten years they have worked hard to help the concrete sector reduce CO2 footprints by working specifically on reuse of CO2 within the product mix.

Sean Monkman joins Alex Cameron to talk about permanent CO2 removals, how to scale as a disruptor in the decarbonisation space and why customers will accept green premiums when positioned effectively. We talk about what’s next for stackable solutions to tackle decarbonisation and also explore CarbonCure’s own 500 megaton roadmap which is their “motivating north star” for all the work they do.

 

Links: 

  • Learn more about CarbonCure here: https://www.carboncure.com/
  • Explore some of CarbonCure’s key projects here: https://www.carboncure.com/projects/
  • Decarb Connect focuses on the acceleration of industrial decarbonization around the globe. We do this by facilitating collaborations across the emerging decarbonization ecosystem – bringing together industrials (cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G), technology disruptors, investors and advisors. Find out more about our mission to accelerate industrial decarbonisation here.
  • Through our membership platform, the Decarbonization Leaders Network (DLN), we gather a cross-sector of energy-intensive industries to share insights and experiences from those leading industrial decarbonization.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

 

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

Making renewables a reliable option for industrial heat

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 64

Think that renewables can’t sustain high industrial heat? Listen in to learn how storing energy as heat is allowing companies that rely on high industrial heat to reconsider renewables as a cheap and emission-free fuel source. 

John O’Donnell joins Alex to look at how renewables could become a competitive option for fuelling energy-intensive and high heat processes. With industrial emissions being the biggest contributors to CO2, being able to reliably use renewables to fuel high heat would be a major win. John talks about the challenge of industrial heat and why it’s often overlooked in climate discussions, the market opportunity and how Rondo’s tech allows industrials to look seriously at renewables.

 

Links: 

  • To find out more about Rondo and its technology: https://www.rondo.energy/
  • To connect with John O’Donnell click here
  • Thinking about joining the Rondo team? click here for more information on Rondo careers
  • Interested in Decarb Connect? Find out more about our mission to accelerate industrial decarbonisation here. Decarb Connect focuses on the acceleration of industrial decarbonization around the globe. We do this by facilitating collaborations across the emerging decarbonization ecosystem – bringing together industrials (cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G), technology disruptors, investors and advisors.
  • Through our membership platform, the Decarbonization Leaders Network (DLN), we gather a cross-sector of energy-intensive industries to share insights and experiences from those leading industrial decarbonization.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy at Janno Media for her support of this series.

 

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

Investing in renewables and advanced climate tech to decarbonise cement

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 63

Gonzalo Galindo, President of Cemex Ventures, joins the podcast to talk about Cemex’s strategy for renewables and investment in decarbonisation tech.

Cemex Ventures is one of a number of high-profile CVCs who are investing to bring innovation into their companies – but also with an view to decarbonising energy-intensive processes. Gonzalo Galindo, President of Cemex Ventures, talks about their investment strategy with a particular focus on renewables and how even the most energy-intensive chemical and combustion processes can make use of emerging tech in this space.

With the average decarb pilot in harder-to-abate sectors costing $8-10m, we explore how they identify key technologies, the investment and JV process that they employ and we look specifically at their investment in SynHelion – bringing solar power to kiln operations.

8% of global emissions are linked to cement and concrete production – and with global infrastructure and development projects on the increase, decarbonising this most commonly used material is essential. If you’re interested in how a leading cement producer is tackling the challenge, listen in – lots to take away on investment strategy, technical opportunities and industrial climate strategy.

 

Links: 

  • To find out more about Cemex Ventures and their portfolios: https://www.cemexventures.com/
  • To learn about SynHelion and the opportunity for solar power in energy-intensive sectors: https://synhelion.com/
  • Connect with Alex and find out about our upcoming Decarb Connect Europe summit focused on decarbonising energy-intensive sectors.
  • Interested in Decarb Connect’s work across the energy-intensive sectors? Find out more here: www.decarbconnect.com. Our global platform helps accelerate industrial decarbonization around the globe. We do this by facilitating collaborations across the emerging decarbonization ecosystem – bringing together industrials (cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G), technology disruptors, investors and advisors.
  • Through our membership platform, the Decarbonization Leaders Network (DLN), we gather a cross-sector of energy-intensive industries to share insights and experiences from those leading industrial decarbonization.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy and the team at Janno Media for their support and expertise in the edit and production of our series: www.jannomedia.com

 

Listen on Spotify Here.

 

How stakeholders from Houston’s energy, policy and technology sectors are coming together to forge a route to a low carbon economy for the city

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 62

Brett Perlman joins Alex to talk about how stakeholders from Houston’s energy, policy and technology sectors are coming together to forge a route to a low carbon economy for the city.

Houston is not just the ideological center of the energy sector in the US but also in the region around it houses a large proportion of the US’s petchem and industrial complex. In this conversation, Alex talks with Brett Perlman, CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future about how stakeholders from across the city and greater Houston area are coming together to create the projects that could transform Houston’s economy, and move it from fossil fuels to hubs focused on hydrogen, ccus, electrification and circular economy. Lots to talk about here, from collaborations to lessons learned from other regions and countries.

Links: 

  • To learn about Center for Houston’s Future: https://www.centerforhoustonsfuture.org/
  • To learn more about the scope, size and challenge required to decarbonize Houston’s industrial and power sector: https://bit.ly/market-assessment-houstons-future
  • Interested in Decarb Connect’s work across the energy-intensive sectors? Find out more about our platform here: www.decarbconnect.com. We focus on the acceleration of industrial decarbonization around the globe. We do this by facilitating collaborations across the emerging decarbonization ecosystem – bringing together industrials (cement, metals and mining, glass, ceramics, chemicals, O&G), technology disruptors, investors and advisors.
  • Through our membership platform, the Decarbonization Leaders Network (DLN), we gather a cross sector gathering of energy-intensive industries to share insights and experiences from those leading industrial decarbonization.
  • Contact us to learn more or to get involved in the podcast series: hello@decarbconnect.com

Many thanks to Sassy and the team at Janno Media for their support and expertise in the edit and production of our series: www.jannomedia.com

Listen on Spotify Here.

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