Aramco partners with US Firms to propel lower-carbon energy innovations

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The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) has signed three significant Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with leading American technology firms, aiming to pioneer advancements in lower-carbon energy solutions. These agreements, endorsed in the presence of HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al Saud, Minister of Energy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and US Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, underscore a strategic push towards sustainable energy practices.

Details of the Agreements with Aeroseal, Spiritus, and Rondo

Aramco’s collaboration with these companies is set to explore and potentially deploy cutting-edge technologies across various sectors, enhancing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in line with global environmental goals.

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1. Aeroseal Partnership:

Following a successful trial, Aramco and Aeroseal will expand the application of Aeroseal’s technology within Aramco’s building fleet. This includes joint testing of building ductwork and envelopes nationwide, commercializing the technology for use in gas pipelines, and localizing Aeroseal’s supply chain within Saudi Arabia.

Aramco Advances Lower-Carbon Energy Solutions with New US Partnerships

Aramco Advances Lower-Carbon Energy Solutions with New US Partnerships

2. Spiritus Collaboration:

With Spiritus, Aramco will delve into the possibilities of direct air capture technology. Spiritus’s novel approach aims to significantly improve the efficiency of carbon adsorption, potentially revolutionizing the direct air capture industry by reducing energy requirements and employing a proprietary sorbent material.

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3. Rondo Heat Batteries:

In partnership with Rondo, Aramco plans to deploy heat batteries to decrease operating costs and support emissions reduction. Initial engineering studies are underway for an industrial-scale deployment of Rondo’s heat batteries, with ambitions to scale up to 1GWh, contributing to substantial emission reductions at Aramco facilities.

A Vision for a Sustainable Future

Ali A. Al-Meshari, Senior Vice President of Technology, Oversight & Coordination at Aramco, expressed the company’s commitment to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its wholly-owned operated assets by 2050. “Innovative technologies deployed at scale can help reduce the costs of reducing carbon emissions, and we are investing in developing these through our R&D, venture capital, and technology deployment programs,” said Al-Meshari. He emphasized the potential global scalability of the technologies from Aeroseal, Spiritus, and Rondo, particularly in the Middle East.

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These MoUs represent a critical step forward in Aramco’s strategy to enhance its sustainability and operational efficiency. By partnering with technological innovators from the United States, Aramco not only aims to improve its environmental footprint but also positions itself as a leader in the global transition towards more sustainable energy sources.

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