In order to prepare for our climate future and hit emissions goals, creative solutions are needed. New technologies such as carbon capture and enhanced storage can help us bridge the gap and imagine new possibilities.
With climate impacts rising, concerns over our inability to drastically cut emissions and scale up carbon dioxide removal are driving a broader conversation around solar geoengineering. For the first time, the U.S. released a research plan on this emerging technology. This digest explores the state of the field, an overview of the report, and recommendations for how governance and policy can move forward in both a just and scientifically robust manner.
Compressed or liquefied hydrogen has many attractive properties as a store of carbon-free energy, such as its relatively high energy density and chemical stability. However, many experts suggest that using ammonia as a temporary vector for hydrogen will be needed to overcome the storage and transportation challenges associated with hydrogen. This digest looks at the round-trip energy efficiency of storing and transporting pure hydrogen vs ammonia.
Carbon management is a fast and growing, yet polarizing topic. Instead of "yes vs. no," we suggest the more useful framing of "under what conditions?" This policy digest examines the history of carbon management in U.S. policy and proposes that the establishment of a compelling social license takes a more central position in net-zero governance.
It is clear that emission reductions alone will not cool our warming planet. A portfolio of carbon capture solutions is necessary—including direct removal from the atmosphere.
Presidential Distinguished Professor
Jennifer Wilcox is currently serving at the U.S. Department of Energy, on leave from the Kleinman Center. Her research expertise is in carbon capture and sequestration technologies, in order to minimize the negative impacts of fossil fuels.
Lecture Kleinman Center Event
Anna J. Siefken, Ella Siefken
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM