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.

AssessCCUS is the leading repository of resources for life cycle and techno-economic assessment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies.

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 and research projects are active across the University of Michigan to provide the learning environment needed to build the workforce for a new carbon economy.

The Global CO2 Initiative Student Association, a multidisciplinary U-M organization, provides a variety of carbon removal educational opportunities for students in majors ranging from engineering to art and design to public policy.

Discover our education initiatives

Latest News

Media

U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Negative Shot Summit

Recording now available.

Carbon Negative Shot is an all-hands-on-deck call for innovation in CO2 removal pathways that will capture CO2 from the atmosphere and durably store it at gigaton scales for less than $100/net metric ton of CO2-equivalent. CO2 removal, in conjunction with aggressive decarbonization, is a climate-critical activity required to reach our nation’s climate goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Events

VERGE 22 is the leading climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time.

October 25 – 27, 2022
Join others who are working together to address the climate crisis across six strategic areas: clean energy, sustainable transportation, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, net-zero buildings and the startup ecosystem.

 

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

  • Polyurethane 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?