NEDO SV Foresight Seminars: Inventing the Future: Session 2

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NEDO SV Foresight Seminars: Inventing the Future: Session 2

NEDO Silicon Valley Foresight Seminars: Inventing the Future ~Innovation in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage~

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Plug and Play Tech Center 440 North Wolfe Road Sunnyvale, CA 94085

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NEDO Silicon Valley Foresight Seminars: Inventing the Future

~Innovation in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage~

You are cordially invited to the second session of NEDO Silicon Valley Foresight Seminar Series featuring Innovation in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). The Inventing the Future series explores a range of topics to advance the goal of achieving a sustainable future with Net Zero Emissions by 2050.

Session II. Innovation in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

Global climate change is driven by an excessive accumulation of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and oceans. To prevent the worst consequences of warming, humanity needs to reduce atmospheric CO2 from current levels of 416 ppm to pre-industrial levels 280-350 ppm in order to stay below 2℃ warming. This requires extracting 10 gigatons of CO2 annually by 2050 and 20Gt/y by 2100.

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) refers to a suite of technologies that can help meet global energy and climate goals by capturing CO2 from hard to abate, large point sources, such as power generation or industrial facilities that use either fossil fuels or biomass as fuel. The CO2 can also be captured directly from the atmosphere or from the ocean. If not being used on-site, the captured CO2 is compressed and transported by pipeline, ship, rail or truck to be used in a range of applications, or injected into deep geological formations, which can trap the CO2 for permanent storage. As of October 2022, there are around 35 commercial facilities applying CCUS to industrial processes, fuel transformation and power generation.

During this interactive event, you’ll learn:

● What are some leading carbon capture and utilization technologies

● Who is innovating in this area and their examples

● What are the opportunities and future visions for carbon capture at scale

Also, you will have an opportunity to network in person to share your thoughts and experiences with peers and to speak in-depth with each of the panelists after the formal presentation, while enjoying holiday refreshments.

Date: Monday, December 5, 2022

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (5:00 PM~ Registration, Networking)

Location: Plug and Play Tech Center, 440 N Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Cost: Free but registration is required


5:00 - 5:30 pm Registration, Networking

5:30 - 6:45 pm Panel Presentations, Q&A

6:45 - 7:30 pm Networking and Holiday Cheer


Roger Aines, Energy Program Chief Scientist in E Program, Lead on Carbon Initiative, Lawrence Livermore National Labs

Ben Tarbell, CEO, Ebb Carbon

Deepika Nagabhushan, Program Manager, Carbon Direct

Marianna Grossman (Moderator) - Senior Consultant & Advisor on Sustainability, USAsia Venture Partners

Panelists and Moderator Bios:

Roger Aines, Ph.D. - Energy Program Chief Scientist in E Program for Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL), US Dept of Energy (bio link)

Roger Aines program conducts government and private sector research in clean energy technology. Roger leads the Carbon Initiative at LLNL, which aims to understand, develop, and implement technologies for the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so-called negative emissions technologies. He has been at LLNL since 1984 working on nuclear waste disposal, environmental remediation, application of stochastic methods to inversion and data fusion, management of carbon emissions including separation technology, and monitoring and verification methods for sequestration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Carleton College, and Doctor of Philosophy in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Ben Tarbell, Co-founder and CEO, Ebb Carbon (LinkedIn)

Ben Tarbell is co-founder and CEO of Ebb Carbon. Ebb Carbon enhances the ocean’s ability to capture carbon dioxide from the air while reducing ocean acidity through electrochemistry. Ben previously led the team launching new climate technologies at Google X. He was the VP of Products at SolarCity, was responsible for the launch and development of Mosaic's residential solar loan program, and led the sustainable design practice at IDEO. He is a Venture Partner at AiiM Partners and is on the investment advisory committee of PowerHouse Fund. Ben has degrees in engineering and business from Stanford and Cornell.

Deepika Nagabhushan, Client Project Manager, Carbon Direct (LinkedIn)

Deepika advises clients on carbon capture and sequestration, carbon markets, and policy. She also works towards continually evolving our environmental justice and climate justice values and incorporating them into our work. Before joining Carbon Direct, Deepika spent six years at the Clean Air Task Force leading the Carbon Capture and Sequestration program advocating for critical policies such as enhanced 45Q, expansion of CarbonSAFE, incentives for CO2 pipelines and industrial CCS hubs at the US Federal level. In California, she participated regularly in rule-making processes to improve the California Air Resources Board’s CCS protocol. Prior to that, at Schneider Electric, Deepika led global marketing operations for several Asia Pacifiic countries. Deepika often speaks on CCS webinars and panels. She served as an advisor on Stanford University and Energy Futures Initiative’s report on CCS in California.

Marianna Grossman is Senior Consultant & Advisor on Sustainability, USAsia Venture Partners and Managing Partner of Minerva Ventures, investing and advising on solutions for a resilient future – bringing people and institutions together across sectors to collaborate, invent, fund and implement solutions that enhance sustainability and reverse climate change. Marianna led Sustainable Silicon Valley for seven years, after roles in the automotive, computer, and semiconductor industries. Recent publication: Sustainable Electricity II: A Conversation on Tradeoffs, Chapter on Silicon Valley Corporate Case Studies on Clean Energy Innovation. Service includes: California’s Climate Adaptation Action Plan Technical Advisory Group 2016; Sustainable and Resilient Resources Roundtable; the international Balaton Group; Board President, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities; Environmental Entrepreneurs; and, climate action councils for Palo Alto and Mountain View. Degrees: BA in Policy Studies, Dartmouth College and an MBA from Yale School of Management.

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