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Investing in the system as well as the technology to drive decarbonisation

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 69

What does it mean to invest in the system behind the energy transition as well as the essential technologies? Listen in to Irena Spazzapan of Systemiq Capital talking with Alex Cameron about investment targets and strategies to drive industrial decarbonisation.

Whilst many investors focus purely on the teams and technology when investing, Systemiq Capital is placing capital where it can influence the overall industrial system as well as making a dent in emissions. Join Irena Spazzapan, Managing Partner of Systemiq Capital, and Alex Cameron, Founder of Decarb Connect, to hear how a systemic approach to investment leads their portfolio and find out about their investments in Brimstone and Charm in particular.

Irena’s past experience as a Executive Director at Goldman Sachs (commodities, gas and power) means she brings a unique view point to climate investments in the harder to abate sectors…. Click to play and don’t forget to rate us if you like the conversation.

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

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How Syzygy is scaling photocatalysis to decarbonize high value products from hydrogen to ammonia (and more)

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Decarb Connect | Episode 60

Trevor Best, CEO and Co-Founder of Syzygy, joins Alex to talk about how photocatalysis is being scaled up to deliver cost effective decarbonization of key products from green hydrogen to CO2 reuse and ammonia.

Houston, known for being the oil and gas capital of the US, is fast becoming a key centre of gravity for clean tech and energy transition IP. Syzygy is one of a number of early-stage disruptors calling the city their home, and we were fortunate to have Trevor Best, CEO, in conversation with Alex to talk about their photocatalysis technology and route to industrial scale.

Listen in to hear about the applications for their novel catalyst and reactor platform, including production of clean hydrogen at ambient temperatures plus CO2 reuse and ammonia production. This is technology which has the potential to be highly cost effective at scale because it can avoid the need for high industrial heat in core processes.

We talk about their scale up journey to date, their fundraising (just under $40m to date) and the industrial applications in steel, chemical and many of the harder to abate sectors.

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You’ll have the opportunity to meet with Trevor, and learn more about his teams work, at Decarb Connect North America, March 29-31 2022, in Houston:  https://decarbconnect.com/events/decarb-connect-north-america/

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 gathering of energy-intensive industries to share insights and experiences from those leading industrial decarbonization.

Through our live meetings, we bring hard-to-reach insights and data to the table and we facilitate valuable collaborations and introductions – all with the goal of accelerating decarbonisation.

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

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Creating large scale renewable projects that are profitable and drive a triple bottom line

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 59

InterContinental Energy has assembled the largest portfolio of green hydrogen projects worldwide and Alicia Eastman, Co-Founder and President, joins Alex to talk about how the sheer scale of their projects can create sustainable local markets and truly cost-effective renewables.

InterContinental Energy focuses on both renewable projects of scale and the triple bottom line of their projects. Join Alex and Alicia Eastman to explore the origin of their mega-scale project structures and the opportunity to convert renewables to hydrogen and ammonia for use in industrial and maritime environments. They talk about how large projects act as market makers, why in-country value brings long term value to the project owners and investors – and we look at the opportunity to create green products that give industry and transport real options for decarbonization within the next 5-8 years.

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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

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Completing the first BECCS project in the UK

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Decarb Connect | Podcast Episode 58

Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, talks with Alex about the post-COP landscape and what needs to happen to complete the first BECCS project in the UK. 

Will Gardiner has been a key architect of Drax Group’s strategy to create a flexible, low-carbon, customer-focused power company. Alex and Will talk about the results from COP26, but also what’s needed next to keep the goal of 1.5 alive. They explore a little of what’s needed from international policy, how Drax’s global operations are expanding to meet the decarbonization opportunity and Will’s thoughts on renewables, voluntary carbon markets and the need for more support of permanent removal technologies.

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

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What would drive North American industry to invest in net zero?

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Decar Connect Podcast | Episode 57

Nick Fulford of Gaffney Cline joins Alex to talk about how decarbonisation investments in north American industry. What’s going to drive it – Who’s going to pursue it and What will their focus be?

With governments and markets taking different approaches to industrial decarbonization around the world, Nick Fulford joins Alex Cameron to talk about the different challenges those approaches are yielding and how the US/Canadian approach is unfolding.

They explore the North American focus on market forces, the impact of 45Q and other incentives and also look at how business models could emerge in CCUS and other tech despite the challenges that lie ahead.

Now based in Houston, Nick brings a perspective of the EU market too and plenty of knowledge of Gas/LNG and Carbon Management. He is renowned as a leading Global LNG expert who has closely been involved in the US gas markets since the late 1980s and again more deeply since 2008 with the rise of the US shale gas boom.  In recent years, Nick has engaged with the emerging Energy Transition impacts on energy markets globally.

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

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Decarbonising assets: Key insights from Pernis refinery

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Decarb Connect | Decarbonising assets Pernis refinery Front cover

“Whether it is power, steel, cement, or petrochemicals, we all recognise that it will not be easy to reduce the carbon footprints of our assets. But has it ever been easy? Heavy industry has a remarkable track record of solving challenges, and I believe this will be no different, especially because we all understand just how important it is that we do.”

In this article Andy Gosse, President, Shell Catalysts & Technologies discusses some of the actions that Shell is taking to decarbonising assets at one of its largest facilities: Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which will soon be Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam.

“The challenges for refiners are similar to the challenges facing all heavy industries as they grapple to untangle the pathways and options to navigate the energy transition. Andy explains the three classic decarbonisation pathways that Shell implements to support companies to reach net-zero.”

Download this article on decarbonising assets to understand how you can reduce emissions by increasing energy efficiency whilst also making lower-carbon energy products such as biofuels, as well as  capturing (or offsetting) any remaining emissions through carbon capture and storage (CCS) or nature-based solutions.

Please complete the form on the left to download the full article.

Find out more: 

  • Take a look at Shell Catalysts & Technologies website for more information on their approach to decarbonisation. www.shell.com/ct.
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Nick Flinn, VP Decarbonisation Technologies at Decarb Connect Festival, taking place virtually, 25 – 27 January 2022. Nick will present a deep dive of the project and it’s a great opportunity to get your questions answered.
  • The Decarb Connect Festival is a great way to kickstart your 2022 decarbonisation strategy, all tickets are two for the price of one, only £99 per person. Book now. 

 

Could CCS own the radical middle ground in the energy transition?

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Decarb Connect | Episode 56

Craig Golinowski of Carbon Infrastructure Partners discussions the need for other tech to balance out renewables so that we avoid further energy crises and allow for a full transition. Is CCUS the radical middle ground?

Craig Golinowski joins Alex to talk about the concept of the carbon paradox, and what role CCUS needs to play in the energy transition. Find out about the concept of the paradox being seen in the transition to renewables where, without solving intermittency and other short-medium term challenges, energy stability can be put at risk and may lead to more use of heavy emitting fuels as ‘patches’ to the energy system. Listen in as Alex and Craig discuss this, the market demand for CCS and the market model for CCS as a utility.

Book your ticket for the Decarb Connect Festival which focuses solely on global approaches to industrial decarbonisation festival in January 2022 – see our website.

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


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Lord Adair Turner talks about what has to happen in the 2020s for Net Zero to be achievable

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Decarb Connect | Episode 55

Lord Adair Turner chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of major power and industrial companies, investors, environmental NGOs and experts working out achievable pathways to limit global warming to below 2˚C. He joins Alex in conversation to explore what needs to happen in the next 8 years, well ahead of any ultimate Net Zero deadline (eg/ 2050), to achieve the outcome we need.

Listen in and explore the momentum being seen right now, with more than 70% of global GDP covered by a net zero target, and the routes critical industries are taking to decarbonise. You’ll hear thoughts on the innovative mechanisms that global capital markets and policy are developing, and you’ll get his insights on the urgent need for huge amounts of zero carbon electricity and infrastructure to support essential solutions.

Lord Turner has a background spanning the corporate world, played a key part in tackling the financial crisis and was the original chairman of the Climate Change Committee: A great guest to drive energy and intention into our 2022 plans.

Lord Turner will be speaking at Decarb Connect’s Festival, which digs into the decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries, in January 2022, join the event for only £199 + VAT : https://decarbconnect.com/events/decarb-connect-global-festival/

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


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Driving zero carbon lime production in the US – Part 2

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 54 Part 2

Find out how Lime, a highly CO2-intensive process, is being decarbonised with a focus on Origen’s project in the UK

Join Alex and Ben for part two of their conversation exploring how Origen’s Zero Carbon Lime technology is being applied at a plant in the UK. You’ll explore the tech itself, the project timeline and hear about the short and long term co2 offtake plans. You’ll also explore the way in which zero carbon lime could be used as a carbon capture tool in future.

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


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Driving zero carbon lime production in the US – Part 1

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Decarb Connect Podcast | Episode 54 Part 1

Lime production yields essential materials for cement, sugar production and much more – find out how this highly CO2-intensive process is being decarbonised.

Sitting right at the heart of hard to abate sectors is Lime production – a process that yields materials used in construction and food industries (as well as others). The 400 million tonnes of lime produced annually produces 400m tonnes of co2 from the high heat and energy-intensive chemical process. But there is a positive side to this story – if producers can develop zero carbon lime, there are major opportunities not only in their current end use markets – but also in carbon capture markets.

Join Alex for the first of a two part conversation with Ben Turner, Chief Executive Officer of Origen to learn about the challenges for this ‘invisible’ industry and to learn about how Origen’s technology leads to zero carbon product. Ben also talks more specifically about how they are building a business model in the US market in partnership with Vault, a sequestration partner.

Join us to learn about the market opportunities for zero carbon lime and how it can be achieved.

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


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