The Global CO2 Initiative will build upon the initial efforts of its research partners to establish a global, industry-standard Techno-Economic Analysis and Life Cycle Analysis (TEA / LCA) Toolkit.
This toolkit will serve as the critical framework and foundation for the nascent CO2 removal and utilization management industry to analyze the technologies that may have the most impact and ability to succeed in meeting climate and commercial goals.
The TEA/LCA toolkit will elevate and standardize the industry and position it for maximum growth potential in the years ahead. Our toolkit is aligned with the work performed at National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The LCA and TEA guidelines for CO2 Utilization are a valuable toolkit for promoting carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technology development.
Worked examples of how to apply the TEA and LCA guidelines can be found at:
- A Guide to Goal Setting in TEA: A Worked Example Considering CO2 Use in the Domestic Heating Sector: this work is available under DOI 10.3998/2027.42/154988
- Building an LCA Inventory: A Worked Example on a CO2 to Fertilizer Process: this work is available under DOI 10.3998/2027.42/154989
- Interpretation of LCA results: A Worked Example on a CO2 to Fertilizer Process: this work is available under DOI 10.3998/2027.42/154990
- Methanol Worked Examples for the TEA and LCA Guidelines for CO2 Utilization; this work is available under DOI 10.3998/2027.42/145723.
- Global CO2 Initiative Complete Mineralization Study 2018; this work is available under DOI 10.3998/2027.42/147467.
- Global CO2 Initiative Complete Oxymethylene Ethers Study 2018; this work is available under DOI 10.3998/2027.42/147468
Read the outcomes from our April 2019 hands-on workshop (PDF: 946KB) in Ann Arbor that gathered over 100 CO2 experts, industry representatives, policymakers and members of the public.
Learn about CO2nsistent, a new project that launched in spring 2019. CO2nsistent will run for three years, fund a team of researchers, and build upon our first generation of guidelines.