As the debate rages on as to whether carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology will be a viable alternative to low-carbon energy sources, some companies are exploring a different approach altogether. An article in ClimateWire today details a number of efforts to sequester carbon dioxide for use in profitable products, including what some are calling "green cement," which involves injecting CO2 into seawater as a step in concrete production.
This research, which can potentially have a significant impact on discussions of how to address greenhouse gas emissions, is funded in part by $106 million in Department of Energy grants recently awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Investments in new technology research and development (R&D) are critical to addressing climate change and meeting our future energy needs. Given how important R&D is to improving the efficiency and competitiveness of the industrial sector, more focus must be placed on basic material R&D, particularly for energy-intensive industries.
ACEEE has worked with the Alliance for Materials Manufacturing Excellence for many years with the goal of increasing funding for industry-government R&D partnerships to spur new energy developments in the industrial sector that will help modernize our manufacturing base, enhance our nation's competitiveness, and address concerns about global climate change. Projects like the ones outlined in this article are evidence of the critical need for industrial R&D and the important public-private partnerships that achieve these energy and carbon savings.