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As part of an ongoing series, Newry is interviewing experts and players across the carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) value chain to gain a perspective on where this exciting new industry is headed. 

Our interviewee first started working with carbon capture technologies in 2011 during their PhD. They are now employed as a materials scientist by Battelle at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) run by the Department of Energy (DOE) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At NETL, they study several carbon capture technologies—from sorbents, to solvents, to membranes—and next-generation materials. They also actively review external carbon capture research studies that have applied for DOE funding.

We discussed with them:

  • The DOE’s focus and funding allocation on carbon capture versus other decarbonization technologies
  • An overview of the different carbon capture technologies being funded by the DOE and their commercialization status
  • Optimal materials for direct air capture and point-source capture technologies
  • Emerging technologies, companies, and startups working in the carbon capture space
  • Key challenges for the carbon capture industry

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