Researchers Describe New Device to Digitize Chemical Processes

American Chemical Society | July 23, 2020

Miniaturized computer systems and wireless technology are offering scientists new ways to keep tabs on reactions without the need for larger, cumbersome equipment. In a proof-of-concept study in ACS Sensors, researchers describe an inexpensive new device that functions like a conventional magnetic stir bar, but that can automatically measure and transmit information on a solution's color, viscosity and a variety of other attributes to a smart phone or computer.

Automatic, remote data collection can make chemical processes more reliable, as well as less labor intensive and safer. This technology has begun to make inroads into chemistry labs, but options for scientists looking to remotely mix their reactions and monitor several parameters while those reactions occur remain quite scarce, limited and expensive. Nikolay Cherkasov, Dmitry Isakov and colleagues wanted to develop a device capable of simultaneously detecting numerous parameters using freely available open source software and easy-to-get, inexpensive components.

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EnLink Midstream and Talos Energy Announce Complete Carbon Capture, Transportation, and Sequestration Services Solution

EnLink Midstream, LLC | February 16, 2022

EnLink Midstream, LLC and Talos Energy Inc. announced that they have executed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop a complete carbon capture, transportation, and sequestration (CCS) solution for industrial-scale emitters in Louisiana. The joint service offering will be focused on the Mississippi River corridor from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, which is one of the largest concentrated sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States, and will utilize significant portions of EnLink's existing regional pipeline infrastructure of approximately 4,000 miles in Louisiana and Talos's recently acquired River Bend CCS site in east Louisiana, which includes approximately 26,000 acres of pore space and provides sequestration capacity of over 500 million metric tonnes in the area. EnLink and Talos have begun to market the offering to potential customers. "We are proud to offer with Talos a complete CO2 capture, transportation, and sequestration solution for customers in eastern Louisiana. We plan to utilize our existing pipeline infrastructure and expertise in building midstream infrastructure to provide cost-efficient transportation, while reducing the environmental impact compared to new pipeline construction. We believe we are uniquely positioned in this regard, given the vast extent of our pipeline infrastructure in the region. Talos not only brings sequestration sites in close proximity to our pipelines, but also the downhole expertise to develop them. I continue to be inspired by the speed and execution from our carbon solutions teams, as we execute on our vision to become the future of midstream and creating sustainable value for EnLink and our unitholders." EnLink Chairman and CEO Barry Davis "We are very happy to join forces with EnLink in the Mississippi River corridor from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to leverage their infrastructure and operational reliability as a midstream solution, initially focused on the River Bend CCS project in east Louisiana," said Talos President and CEO Timothy S. Duncan. "EnLink owns the last-mile pipe to most industrial emission sources in the region and will complement Talos' expertise in conventional geology, subsurface characterization, and track record of responsible operations. We are excited to collaborate to provide a one-stop solution that will lead to a simpler pricing model and, ultimately, accelerated decarbonization in a key industrial emissions region." Utilizing EnLink's Existing Pipeline Infrastructure EnLink and its predecessors have a long history of pipeline and processing operations in Louisiana. EnLink has identified existing pipelines to be utilized for CO2 transportation from emissions sources in the Geismar, Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, and St. Charles areas. This existing pipeline infrastructure provides a cost-efficient solution and greatly reduces the environmental impacts compared to new pipeline construction in environmentally sensitive areas. Due to optionality and redundancy in EnLink's large pipeline network in the region, EnLink does not anticipate a material impact to its existing natural gas business from the repurposing of identified pipelines to CO2 service. Talos Subsurface Expertise and Sequestration Sites Talos has recently entered into an agreement with a large landowner that will allow for multiple sequestration sites near EnLink's existing pipelines. This agreement includes sequestration rights to approximately 26,000 surface acres in Iberville, St. James, Assumption, and Lafourche Parishes. The acreage comprises three strategically located sites along the Mississippi River industrial corridor known collectively as the "River Bend CCS" project. Talos and EnLink believe the area provides excellent structural geology and rock properties for CO2 sequestration, providing cumulative capacity of over 500 million metric tonnes. Talos has also secured a right of first refusal on approximately 63,000 additional acres in the area for phased, future expansion in order to meet expected future market demand. In addition to this significant sequestration acreage position, Talos will provide its subsurface operating expertise and extensive knowledge of Gulf Coast geology. Talos will be the project manager and operator of the injection, storage, and monitoring and will be joined by its partner, Storegga Limited. Eastern Louisiana Offers High Concentration of Emissions Sources The joint service offering is focused on one of the highest CO2 emitting regions in the United States, which emits approximately 80 million metric tonnes of CO2 per year. The Mississippi River corridor alone accounts for nearly two-thirds of the total industrial emissions in Louisiana. The emitting sources include ammonia, hydrogen, methanol, and base chemical facilities, as well as refinery and other petrochemical facilities. Potential customers are motivated to participate in carbon capture and sequestration to reduce emissions and to potentially offer "blue" products and participate in a low-carbon economy. About EnLink Midstream EnLink Midstream reliably operates a differentiated midstream platform that is built for long-term, sustainable value creation. EnLink's best-in-class services span the midstream value chain, providing natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and NGL capabilities. Our purposely built, integrated asset platforms are in premier production basins and core demand centers, including the Permian Basin, Oklahoma, North Texas, and the Gulf Coast. EnLink's strong financial foundation and commitment to execution excellence drive competitive returns and value for our employees, customers, and investors. Headquartered in Dallas, EnLink is publicly traded through EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE: ENLC). About Talos Energy Talos Energy is a technically driven independent exploration and production company focused on safely and efficiently maximizing long-term value through its operations, currently in the United States and offshore Mexico, both upstream through oil and gas exploration and production and downstream through the development of future carbon capture and storage opportunities. As one of the Gulf of Mexico's largest public independent producers, we leverage decades of technical and offshore operational expertise towards the acquisition, exploration and development of assets in key geological trends that are present in many offshore basins around the world. With a focus on environmental stewardship, we are also utilizing our expertise to explore opportunities to reduce industrial emissions through our carbon capture and storage initiatives along the U.S. Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

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KBR Awarded Engineering Contract for Woodside's H2OK Project

KBR, Inc. | January 18, 2022

KBR announced today it has been awarded an engineering services contract by Woodside Energy Inc. for its proposed H2OK liquid hydrogen production facility project in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide a front-end engineering design for Woodside's H2OK liquid hydrogen facility. Cryogenic liquid hydrogen is used in the transportation industry as a fuel for fleets where the combustion of liquid hydrogen produces zero-emissions, with water as the only by-product. "KBR is pleased to support Woodside on this project as the company advances its portfolio of decarbonization solutions. Our focus on energy transition and carbon footprint reduction is helping our clients meet their sustainability goals around the globe. At KBR, we continually strive to develop new technologies and solutions that benefit our planet." Jay Ibrahim, President – Sustainable Technology Solutions KBR has nearly 50 years of experience designing, developing, and supporting cryogenic liquified natural gas facilities and has extensive experience in hydrogen both through its work in the space industry and in industrial facilities. This deep domain knowledge makes KBR ideally suited to provide high end engineering and be the integrator for cryogenic liquid hydrogen facilities. About KBR We deliver science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. KBR employs approximately 29,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long- term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver.

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UK TECH COMPANY BECOMES FIRST CARBON NEUTRAL SMART LOCKER PROVIDER

Velocity Smart Technology | May 05, 2022

UK-based Velocity Smart Technology has become the world's first carbon neutral smart locker provider in what the company describes as a major milestone in the industry. As climate change and other environmental issues take centre stage and impact all areas of human lives, Velocity Smart Technology is taking an initiative to reduce its carbon footprint, which has been calculated as 727 tCO2e since 2018. By working in partnership with the Decarbonisation consultancy Climate Partner, they will continuously measure their Carbon Emissions and implement an ambitious plan for carbon reduction and carbon-offset. In an effort to meet net zero, Velocity Smart Technology offset all unavoidable emissions by supporting a carbon offset project, thereby making it a carbon neutral company with carbon neutral products. It has Carbon Offset all Carbon Emissions it had created as a company since first established in 2018. "We are really proud that Velocity Smart Technology is carbon neutral – along with our products - as a company we have always challenged ourselves to do more for the world we live in and the future we leave for our children. Manufacturing and shipping our devices around the world shouldn't have a detrimental effect on our planet and we are proud to be the first in the industry to make this step forward." Speaking of the announcement, Anthony Lamoureux, CEO of Velocity Smart Technology To offset carbon emissions, Velocity Smart Technology supports a carbon offset project in Congo which is certified according to international standards. Carbon offset projects compensate for unavoidable carbon emissions, for example through afforestation projects or the replacement of harmful technologies with climate-friendly alternatives. Lamoureux added, "Gaining our carbon neutral certification is just the first step in the journey and in our commitment to decarbonisation. Getting on the scales was hard but there's so much truth in the adage 'you can't control what you can't measure'. It has been an eye-opening exercise! We chose to work with the Hydropower project at Virunga because we felt it was an amazing initiative which not only contributed to reducing the use of fossil fuels, but also helped the community and the local wildlife – everything we care about. Velocity Smart Technology isn't just working for the present, we're investing in the future." About Velocity Smart Technology Velocity Smart Technology is designed from the ground up to deliver the most effective Smart Lockers and Smart Vending solution for Enterprise IT that integrates seamlessly to existing services, which is why the technology has been built on the ServiceNow platform.

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Euclid Launches Three New Admixtures at World of Concrete

The Euclid Chemical Company | February 17, 2022

Euclid Chemical, a leading manufacturer of concrete and masonry construction products, announced the launch of three new concrete admixtures at this year's World of Concrete—the concrete industry's largest event for building professionals. EUCOSHIELD™ An integral finishing admixture, EUCOSHIELD is a ready-to-use liquid admixture designed to be used as an integral finishing aid that prevents rapid moisture loss from the concrete surface by binding the internal water in the pore structure. It is especially effective when concreting operations must be performed in direct sun, wind, high temperatures or low relative humidity. EUCOSHIELD can also be used to reduce excessive bleeding and segregation of concrete or mortar. Containing no added chlorides or chemicals known to promote the corrosion of steel, EUCOSHIELD is compatible with most other admixtures commonly used in concrete, including air entraining admixtures, polycarboxylate-based HRWR admixtures (superplasticizers), conventional water reducers and retarders. EUCON ECO-STRENGTH™ A strength-enhancing admixture, EUCON Eco-Strength improves both early- and late-age strength development in concrete. Based on a highly engineered admixture technology that facilitates cement hydration, EUCON Eco-Strength enhances strength development and allows for sustainable construction practices to be achieved through possible total cementitious content reduction. Maintaining compressive strength development equivalent to that of a reference mix containing more cementitious is important in all construction projects requiring CO2 emissions and total embodied energy reduction. EUCON Eco-Strength is particularly effective where heat is present while curing, allowing earlier stripping of forms or restoring the serviceability of concrete repairs. EUCON® AM-10L A liquid integral crystalline waterproofing admixture, Eucon AM-10L is formulated to interact with concrete capillary pore structures to provide a system that greatly reduces the permeability of concrete through the formation of tiny crystals that block the pores. It can also seal microscopic cracks and work in tandem with other products like sealers to create a structural waterproofing system. EUCON AM-10L can be used in both above- and below-grade applications. About Euclid Chemical. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Euclid Chemical has served the global building market for more than a century as a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty products and technical support services for the concrete and masonry construction industry. Euclid Chemical's expansive product line includes admixtures, fiber reinforcement, concrete repair products, flooring materials, decorative concrete systems and more.

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