Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Experts' Workshop

September 25–29, 2017

Hilton North Hotel
Houston, Texas

Workshop Registration, Tour and Lodging are now closed.
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Carbon Capture Innovation Challenge

Co-led by the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Challenge aims to advance carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology development with the goal of reduced costs and improved performance.  This Challenge will seek to identify and prioritize breakthrough technologies and recommend research and development (R&D) pathways and collaboration mechanisms.  It aims to build an improved, shared understanding of knowledge gaps, opportunities and technological progress. Further, it aims to promote opportunities to researchers, innovators, and potential investors, as well as strengthen and expand collaboration between key partners (i.e. government to government, researcher to researcher, and public-private collaboration).

The Carbon Capture Challenge is hosting a CCUS Experts' Workshop, focused on early stage, breakthrough technologies, on September 25–29, 2017 at the Hilton North Hotel in Houston, Texas. The workshop will convene international CCUS experts from a variety of academic and industry perspectives to discuss breakthrough opportunities and international R&D synergies in CCUS.  The goal of the CCUS Experts' Workshop is to assess current gaps in CCUS technologies and to identify the most promising research directions that are needed to achieve long term carbon emissions reduction targets through CCUS.  These research directions will include opportunities for understanding and improving materials, chemical processes, and other scientific and technical areas required to transform next generation technologies required for efficient and cost-effective management of carbon emissions.

This international workshop will cover three major themes:

  • Capture – solvents; sorbents and looping systems; membranes; and combustion and other capture approaches
  • Storage – injectivity and capacity; monitoring, verification and performance metrics; forecasting and managing induced seismicity; and well diagnostics
  • CO2 Utilization – thermochemical conversion and hydrogenation; electrochemical and photochemical conversion; formation of carbonates; and biological conversion

Each theme will include four panels organized around topic of interest. There will also be a panel on crosscutting scientific themes.

Each panel will identify research directions that address critical technical bottlenecks that will enable development of next generation CCUS technologies and engage in extended discussions to identify the most important research directions in their topic area.  These directions will be summarized in reports from each of the panels, which will be compiled into a workshop report.  The workshop report and identified research directions will be focused on inspiring the global research community to address the critical research needed to ensure future CCUS technologies.

Our objective: To enable near-zero CO2 emissions from power plants and carbon intensive industries


The workshop findings will be summarized in a report, to be published early next year as a key resource for governments and the private sector to inspire the CCUS research community, accelerate innovation, and guide investments in CCUS basic research.