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Develop the capture, use, and storage of CO2 to achieve your decarbonization goals

Alcimed works daily on client issues related to CCUS approaches. We support you in your innovation projects regarding the development, adoption, or investment in these technologies to guide you towards the most suitable devices and the most relevant valorization pathways.

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    The challenges related to CCUS

    The capture, utilization, and storage of CO2 is an increasingly favored subject by industry, policymakers, and climate experts such as the IPCC, who encourage their development and use to achieve carbon neutrality. In October 2022, the European Commissioner for Energy stated that “without CCS and CCU, it will be practically impossible to limit global warming to the 1.5 degrees Celsius target.”

    Therefore, it is now crucial for industries and regions to consider these technology approaches in their climate roadmaps. However, economic, technical, regulatory, and social issues currently limit the deployment of these devices and make their adoption complex. It is necessary to fully understand the multiple challenges that arise from this situation:

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      How we support you in your projects related to CCUS

      Alcimed supports its clients in various energy and environmental challenges, particularly those related to climate resilience and adaptation to environmental changes. We regularly undertake missions with diverse stakeholders in these areas, including energy and environmental industry players (Suez, Veolia, EDF, Orano, RTE, etc.), cosmetics companies (L’Oréal, Chanel, etc.), aerospace and defense industry players (Safran, Airbus, Thales, Dassault Aviation, etc.), healthcare companies (Sanofi, Moderna, Pfizer, etc.), as well as national and European research institutions and centers (such as Carnot institutes or SATTs).

      The diversity of our clients, the geographical areas we explore, and the types of projects we undertake provide us with a global and in-depth understanding of climate-related issues and challenges. Our projects cover a wide range of topics, including the development of climate roadmaps, energy transition strategies, market opportunity assessments, studies of the best adaptation solutions and strategies to climate hazards, launching innovations, identifying academic or industrial partners, and much more!

      Examples of recent projects carried out for our clients in CCUS

      • Evaluation of opportunities for local recovery of liquid CO2 produced by an environmental player

        An environmental organization aiming to better utilize the CO2 generated by its future methanization units sought to explore local opportunities for valorizing this green CO2. They wanted to understand how to locally leverage this CO2, identify the needs and expectations of potential users, and address the logistical challenges related to its supply.

        To assist our client in this project, we conducted an analysis to identify potential local users of the future green CO2. We examined their current practices, including sourcing, logistics, and pricing, as well as their needs and expectations. Additionally, we assessed their receptiveness to the proposed offering.

        Through this analysis, Alcimed identified numerous avenues for valorizing the CO2 and successfully secured signed commitments from eight local stakeholders who expressed interest in the biosourced liquid CO2 and our client’s value proposition.

      • Market study for positioning a new CCUS technology developed by a team of researchers

        A team of researchers was seeking guidance on how to position a new technology they are developing for the adsorption of CO2 and lithium.

        We supported them in this project by conducting a market study focused on two target markets. Our approach included assessing the receptivity of potential customers, conducting a competitive benchmarking analysis, identifying current R&D drivers in similar processes, identifying major CO2 emitters and potential users, and conducting a preliminary study on the regulatory challenges related to lithium extraction from geothermal water in France.

        This in-depth study allowed us to identify the most promising market and determine the next steps for the client’s R&D efforts, as well as the associated roadmap.

      • Identification of CO2 capture processes applicable to a food industry player’s resources and assessment

        Alcimed identified the CCUS technologies that could be applied to the CO2 emissions of a leading Wine and Spirits company.

        After conducting an extensive review of available carbon capture, storage, and utilization systems, and conducting in-depth evaluations of these processes from technical, economic, and environmental perspectives, our teams were able to prioritize the most viable options.

        We excluded technologies where the technical and economic feasibility was not demonstrated or where the carbon sequestration potential was too limited in terms of absorbable volumes or duration.

        As a result, we selected eight greenhouse gas emission reduction devices and their associated industrial applications. These include, for example, the manufacturing of construction materials, concrete treatment, and the production of sodium bicarbonate.

      • Strategic study of CO2 valorization pathways for a public entity

        Alcimed supported the French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME) in the development of a reference document on different CO2 valorization pathways to assess the strategic interest of France in promoting one of them.

        After creating a segmentation of the different pathways based on the nature of CO2 transformation (no transformation, or with chemical transformation or biological transformation), our team conducted a state-of-the-art analysis of various devices related to each valorization pathway. We also identified the main challenges and barriers within each sector.

      • Defining a CCUS strategy for an environment player

        As part of their carbon neutrality goal, one of our clients, an environmental actor, wanted to explore the potential of a CCUS strategy in detail. Alcimed supported them in this project by identifying all available or in-production CO2 capture devices worldwide and mapping out potential valorization methods.

        Among the 70 identified processes and 43 valorization pathways, our team selected the most promising capture/valorization combinations for our client. Methods such as mineralization and alternatives to fossil resources for CO2 utilization were explored.

      • Techno-economic analysis of chemical CO2 valorization technologies

        Alcimed supported a project developer in gaining a comprehensive understanding of chemical CO2 valorization pathways to better position their own carbon capture, storage, and utilization systems.

        Our teams conducted an overview of these pathways, comparing them based on various criteria such as technological maturity, industrialization, development potential, and economic viability of the resulting products.

        Additionally, our teams conducted a targeted analysis of the electrochemical pathway, conducting a state-of-the-art review to highlight the advantages of our client’s devices compared to competition in the production of various valuable products through electrolysis, such as propanol, ethylene, and carbon monoxide.

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