Are plants the key to succeeding with carbon dioxide removal?

Plants capture CO2 naturally through photosynthesis. When those plants decay or are burned, the CO2 is released back into the atmosphere. However, if we capture and permanently store those CO2 emissions, we can actually remove CO2 from the atmosphere. This is known as carbon dioxide removal – or CDR.

ACCSESS has created a video explaining how the project is investigating the CDR potential of implementing carbon capture and storage on pulp and paper.

Watch the video on the ACCSESS website

LCA as a tool for understanding environmental impacts and benefits of CCUS and alternative fuels: insights from the second LCA to CCUS & alternative fuels workshop

On 7 March 2024, the EU Horizon 2020 projects ACCSESS and ConsenCUS co-hosted the second LCA to CCUS and alternative fuels workshop. Life cycle assessments are highly relevant for understanding the potential of CCUS to contribute to EU climate strategies and goals.

Read the full story on the SINTEF blog

Exploring Public Perception on CCUS in Europe: A Social Media Analysis Approach

As part of ACCSESS, Fraunhofer has investigated the perception of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies in Europe. In addition to a traditional survey, Fraunhofer conducted a social media analysis and a sentiment analysis. This was to ensure that the data was as representative of people’s true attitudes towards CCUS as possible.

Read the full story on the ACCSESS website

What are the environmental impacts of CO₂ capture, transport and storage?

In order for CCTS to contribute to our net-zero goals, its value chain must store more CO2 emissions than it creates. To investigate this, PhD candidate Johannes Burger has conducted a life cycle assessment on four European CCTS value chains that are being focused on in ACCSESS: two cement plants, a pulp-and-paper plant, and a waste-to-energy plant.

Read the full story on the ACCSESS website

Demonstration plant for industrial waste recarbonation successfully commissioned

A pilot plant for demonstrating alkaline industrial waste recarbonation is being put into operation. This plant was built by Neustark in collaboration with ETH Zürich, and is part of ACCSESS' "Piloting of recarbonation of demolition concrete fines" innovation.

Read the full story on the ACCSESS website

ACCSESS PhD student presents on mineral carbonation

ACCSESS has several PhD candidates working on the project. One of them is Antonio Gasós, who is a PhD researcher at ETH Zürich under the supervision of Professor Marco Mazzotti.

On 26 April, Antonio presented during a lunch seminar at SINTEF Energy Research on mineral carbonation. Mineralization of industrial residues (such as slags, ash, dust and recycled concrete aggregates) has the potential to store up to 360 Mt of CO2 per year, and the resulting products can be used to generate value.

As part of ACCSESS, Neustark has built a mobile demonstration plant in collaboration with ETH Zürich, as part of an effort to bring indirect mineral carbonation from the laboratory scale to being ready for industry integration. The plant has a storage capacity of over 100 kg of CO2 per hour.

Antonio's presentation gave an overview of the field, with a focus on the applicability of mineral carbonation to a variety of industrial wastes, existing technologies, and ongoing scale-up efforts.

Find out more about this work on the ACCSESS website

Recordings from ACCSESS Lunch Webinars from April now available on YouTube

In April, we had the first four webinars in a series of ACCSESS Lunch Webinars, featuring presenters from the entire project.

Recordings of the webinars (minus the Q&A) can be found either in the respective webinar posts on the website or in the ACCSESS playlist on YouTube.

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