GM #2 Recap (01/30/2023)

Hi everyone! Last Monday, we encouraged new members to come learn a little more about the intricacies of Negative Emissions Technologies. Ben and Micky began the meeting by referencing Chris Neidl’s definition of carbon removal, defining the need for the existence of such technological developments. They showed IPCC projections, comparing differing temperature rises, and discussedContinue reading “GM #2 Recap (01/30/2023)”

GM #1 Recap (01/23/2023)

Hello everyone! Thank you for coming to the first meeting of Spring 2023! This Monday, we introduced new officers and elaborated on each project’s goals for the semester. Aside from DAC and Policy, we are incorporating a third project: Entrepreneurship!  Our speaker was our dear mentor and friend, Chris Neidl. Chris is a co-founder of theContinue reading “GM #1 Recap (01/23/2023)”

Outreach and Policy in the Carbon Removal Space: An Interview with Miguel Esteva

Synopsis and Introduction The implementation of international legislation and policies have begun to give more shape to the carbon removal space. Carbon capture technologies were a critical point of discussion at the most recent climate conference, COP27, and the recent Inflation Reduction Act has allocated billions of dollars towards CDR projects, such as the DACContinue reading “Outreach and Policy in the Carbon Removal Space: An Interview with Miguel Esteva”

GM #7 Recap (11/14/2022)

Hi everyone!  Last Monday, we met with Dr. Peter Kelemen, a recognized Columbia University professor who teaches “Earth Resources for Sustainable Development“ and “Carbon Storage”, and holds several achievements and awards within the geophysical field. Dr. Kelemen introduced his presentation by defining what the carbon mineralization process entails and showed a useful diagram depicting theContinue reading “GM #7 Recap (11/14/2022)”

GM #6 Recap (11/07/2022)

Hello everyone!  This past Monday, we met with Dr. Schonna Manning, a former researcher at UT whose studies focus on the variety of applications for algae. She began by introducing the vast types of algae that exist in comparison to the rest of all living things. Dr. Manning then claimed that algae are “the originalContinue reading “GM #6 Recap (11/07/2022)”

GM #3 Recap (09/19/2022)

Last meeting, we built our own Direct Air Capture units, inspired by Dahl Winters’ Cyan unit. These systems operate at a small scale and allow individuals to understand the theory behind carbon removal(you can learn more about them here!). Once everyone joined one of the five groups led by an experienced leader, we had a five-minuteContinue reading “GM #3 Recap (09/19/2022)”

Creating the NET Project

The buzz around climate change is impossible to ignore these days; many people have heard about the emerging electric car and alternative energy industries. Maybe they’ve heard about reducing animal products and learning about fast fashion, but the world of negative emissions technologies (NETs) is still quite undiscovered. The NET Project at UT Austin’s founderContinue reading “Creating the NET Project”

NET Meeting Recap (Archive 11/11/20)

Last Meeting (11/11/20) Last Wednesday we talked with Aaron Fitzgerald, entrepreneur in residence at Carbon180 and founder of at least 3 different startups. Aaron discussed his start into the NET space, and how he was able to build up his different startups. Aaron began his career as a part of Kairos Aerospace, a company focusedContinue reading “NET Meeting Recap (Archive 11/11/20)”

NET Meeting Recap (Archive 12/2/20)

Last Meeting (12/2/20) Last Wednesday we spoke with Sam Savitz, an analyst, and one of our close partners for our Energy Futures Initiative collaboration. We discussed carbon dioxide removal (CDR) in general, its current state, and its future. As it is right now, it’s clear that CDR technology is going to be necessary to stayContinue reading “NET Meeting Recap (Archive 12/2/20)”

NET Meeting Recap (Archive 11/18/20)

Last Meeting (11/18/20) Last Wednesday we spoke with Vanessa Suarez, policy advisor at Carbon 180. This was our first policy focused meeting, so it was interesting to get out of the engineering nitty gritty and into the politics of NETs. Vanessa began by introducing a triplet of problems that NETs face: high costs, social andContinue reading “NET Meeting Recap (Archive 11/18/20)”