Our vision is to get CO2 capture and use recognized and implemented as a mainstream climate solution

Techno-Economic Assessment & Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines for CO2 Utilization

Evaluation

The Techno-Economic Assessment & Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines for CO2 Utilization address the need for harmonized procedures that ensure rigorous, transparent, and uniform analysis of environmental and economic impacts.

Learn about our evaluation strategies

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Research

Development and commercialization of new carbon dioxide capture and utilization technologies is conducted with financial support from the College of Engineering’s Blue Sky Initiative.

Read about Global CO2 Initiative research and commercialization

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Education

Courses, student (team) projects, and student research projects across the University of Michigan provide the learning environment needed to build the workforce for a new carbon economy.

Discover our education initiatives

Latest News

Events

Learn about concrete and its role in climate change in an OpenAir Collective “Twenty-Something Minutes … ” event

Prof. Victor Li talks with University of Michigan Global CO2 Initiative postdoctoral researcher and OpenAir collector Lucca Henrion. In this recording the two discuss the near and long-term future of concrete as a factor in climate change; key questions surrounding carbon utilization methods in concrete, and the end game goal of reaching “carbon negativity”; and how current research is laying the foundation for radical transformations to this most used building material on earth.

CO2 Products and Utilization

Carbon into materials.
carbon into concrete.
Carbon into fuels and chemicals
Carbon negative, dollar positive.

From concrete to plastics, there is a tremendous opportunity for captured and utilized carbon dioxide to reduce emission footprints as well as create market opportunity for critical sectors around the world.

Construction Materials

  • Cement and concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Timber/super hardwood

Industrial Fluids

  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Enhanced coal bed methane recovery
  • Enhanced water recovery
  • Semiconductor fabrication
  • Power cycles

Fuels

  • Synthetic (methanol, butanol, natural gas, syngas, etc.)
  • Micro-algae fuel
  • Macro-algae fuel

Plastics

  • Polyurethene foams
  • Polycarbonate (glass replacement)
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
  • Many more

Chemicals

  • Preservatives (formic acid)
  • Medicinal
  • Antifreeze (ethylene glycol)
  • Carbon black
  • Many more

New Materials

  • Carbon fiber
  • Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes

Agriculture & Food

  • Algae-based food or animal feed
  • Microbial fertilizer
  • Biochar, bio-pesticides, and bio-cosmetics

Why Carbon Removal and Utilization?

how the carbon cycle works, with natural processes and carbon capture technology.