The Carbon Corner - Issue #16

Welcome to our 16th edition of The Carbon Corner!

This week we bring plans for a few new pipelines and partnerships. We also have some interesting news on how the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration is getting involved in the carbon capture and sequestration space!

We hope you enjoy it!

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Reviews their First Carbon Capture Pipeline Project

Last week, The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met to consider the state’s first carbon capture pipeline project application. The Summit Carbon Solutions project involves a liquid carbon dioxide pipeline in Otter Trail and Wilkin counties that will connect the Green Plains ethanol plant at Fergus Falls with a network of pipelines. The permit application was approved and now awaits an environmental review that allows comments from the public.

Hudson Kingston, staff attorney for PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility), spoke on the application, saying, “It certainly is the beginning of a process and not the end, but beginnings matter quite a lot. The fact that this is the only application before the commission right now indicates that it is a test case. [It] is going to send a big signal about how much environmental review and how seriously we’re going to look at these projects moving forward.”

Kingston is right in the idea that this is just the start of things. This application proceeds other parts of a 2,000-mile pipeline that Summit hopes to one day construct.

Bakken Energy Partners with BSNF Railway to Design Heartland Hydrogen Hub

BNSF Railway, one of North America's leading freight transportation companies, has a rail network of 32,500 route miles in 28 states. They recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bakken Energy to work together on the design and completion of the Hydrogen Heartland Hub.

The companies intend to compete for funding from the Department of Energy's $7 billion Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program to build the hub connecting efforts across North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Montana.

"We see our work with Bakken Energy and the Heartland Hydrogen Hub as part of our commitment to a more sustainable energy and transportation system, including exploring the role railways can play in a hydrogen economy," said John Lovenburg, VP of Environment and Sustainability at BNSF.

Glenwood Installs First Carbon Capture Project in New York

Glenwood Management, a real estate company, has installed a CarbonQuest system in The Grand Tier, a New York City high-rise building. This system collects 60% of carbon dioxide from the exhaust of gas-fired boilers. This is one of the first large-scale applications of carbon capture technology in buildings.

CarbonQuest plans to sell the captured CO2 to a masonry manufacturer in Brooklyn who will inject it into concrete blocks.

“The room-sized CO2 filtration and liquefaction system, installed early this year by CarbonQuest, is a rare instance of carbon capture that actually works and delivers an economic payback,” Canary Media writes.

Study to Support Eelgrass Carbon Sequestration

The U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration funded a $150,000 study by The Port of San Diego to determine the success of eelgrass carbon sequestration.

The study found that 2,600 acres of eelgrass in San Diego Bay sequesters more than 1.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to 370,000 cars. Like all plants, eelgrass absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen; however, it is unique in that its submersion in saltwater prevents the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere.

Ann Phillips, Ret. Rear Adm. and administrator of the United States Maritime Administration said, "In support of the Biden-Harris Administration's ambitious effort to tackle carbon emissions, the META program is supporting groundbreaking research to help advance decarbonization in the maritime sector," said Ann Phillips, Ret. Rear Adm. and administrator of the United States Maritime Administration."

That’s a wrap for this week’s edition of the Carbon Corner!

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