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Workshop on Direct Air Capture including Carbon Mineralization

Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Direct air capture (DAC) refers to a range of technologies that capture and concentrate CO2 from ambient air. DAC can also refer to the natural process that involves mineralization of CO2 at the Earth’s surface. When CO2, captured using DAC, is combined with geologic sequestration or utilization into non-degradable products, DAC has potential to become a negative emission technology.

The public is invited to attend a webinar and workshop hosted by the National Academies which will explore the potential of DAC to remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at scale. These activities are part of the study Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration,in which the committee will identify questions needed to assess the benefits, risks, and scale potential for CO2 removal and sequestration approaches, as well to increase the commercial viability of these approaches.

On October 24, the committee will hold its information gathering workshop in Irvine, CA to examine the scientific questions for developing a research and development plan of DAC moving forward, and assess co-benefits, costs, and barriers to implementation of this technology at significant scales. Please note that on-site seating is limited and the workshop will be webcast. 


8:30 AM Workshop Introduction
Stephen Pacala (NAS) - Committee Chair

Part 1: Direct Air Capture

8:45 AM Opening Remarks
Jennifer Wilcox - Committee Member

Session I - Commercial-Scale Activities
9:00 AM Geoff Holmes – Carbon Engineering
9:25 AM Jan Wurzbacher – Climeworks
9:50 AM Discussion

10:30 AM Break

Session II – Scaling out and up of CCS, Challenges and Lessons Learned
10:45 AM Ron Munson - Global CCS Institute
11:00 AM Clay Sutton and Tim Barckholtz - ExxonMobil
11:15 AM Ajay Mehta - Shell
11:30 AM Roger Aines - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
11:45 PM Discussion

12:30 PM Lunch

Session III – System-Level Considerations of DAC
1:30 PM Matthew Realff – Georgia Institute of Technology
1:50 PM Niall MacDowell – Imperial College of London
2:10 PM Discussion

2:40 PM Break

Part 2: Mineral Carbonation

Opening Remarks
2:55 PM Peter Kelemen (NAS) - Committee Member

Session IV – Mineral Carbonation Approaches
3:15 PM Greg Dipple – University of British Columbia
3:40 PM Phil Renforth – Cardiff University
4:05 PM Discussion

4:35 PM Discussion on DAC and mineral carbonation

5:00 PM Workshop Adjourn












NOTE FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS: This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time; no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academies' Report Review Committee and the NAS president before it is considered an official Academies report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee's work based on today's discussions will be doing so prematurely.
Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person's future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual's position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report is therefore also premature.

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Beckman Conference Center
100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617
Irvine, CA 92617

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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