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catalyse clean energy underground

THROUGH VENTURE.

JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO

catalyse clean energy underground

THROUGH VENTURE.
Although the most effective way to eliminate carbon emissions would be to switch the entire energy system to solar and wind energy, huge quantities of hydrocarbons have already been discovered and will likely continue to be used as an energy source for at least the next 20 years. However to meet climate change targets, only a small fraction of the world’s oil and gas reserves can ever be exploited.
In addition to working on displacing fossil fuel energy sources (see our post on closing the carbon cycle), we urgently need to take a first principles approach to rethink how we extract, process, and utilise hydrocarbons to avoid their climate impact. Our aim is to find new ways to use these discovered hydrocarbons by catalytically processing them in the well or reservoir so that only a clean energy vector; such as hydrogen, ammonia, or other carbon-free fraction is produced to surface, thereby leaving all the environmentally damaging constituents underground.
This is an ambitious, but plausible idea. For example the Steam-Methane reforming process can produce Hydrogen from Hydrocarbons using appropriate catalysts. Also catalytic upgrading of hydrocarbons underground has also been demonstrated by the THAI-CAPRI process. This venture will look at ways these, and related processes, could be combined and any resulting CO2 separated and left underground.
In creating a genuine transition pathway for oil and gas majors it will allow them to fully decarbonise, not just their operations, but their products, within a decade or less.
OUR OFFER
Taking a Founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, we’ll pay you to start your own company and provide access to co-founders, strategic partners and investment. We’ll also continuously support you in building the venture and developing early data to land your first customers and investors.
It’s a full time role working across market analysis, laboratory science and venture creation. DSV will provide up to £500k of investment to enable your startup to conduct further 6-figure research.
Compared to other Entrepreneur in Residence programmes, DSV’s is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and comes with a commitment from us to support your company throughout its journey. No prior idea or IP required.
the required background for this opportunity
Although the most effective way to eliminate carbon emissions would be to switch the entire energy system to solar and wind energy, huge quantities of hydrocarbons have already been discovered and will likely continue to be used as an energy source for at least the next 20 years. However to meet climate change targets, only a small fraction of the world’s oil and gas reserves can ever be exploited.
In addition to working on displacing fossil fuel energy sources (see our post on closing the carbon cycle), we urgently need to take a first principles approach to rethink how we extract, process, and utilise hydrocarbons to avoid their climate impact. Our aim is to find new ways to use these discovered hydrocarbons by catalytically processing them in the well or reservoir so that only a clean energy vector; such as hydrogen, ammonia, or other carbon-free fraction is produced to surface, thereby leaving all the environmentally damaging constituents underground.
This is an ambitious, but plausible idea. For example the Steam-Methane reforming process can produce Hydrogen from Hydrocarbons using appropriate catalysts. Also catalytic upgrading of hydrocarbons underground has also been demonstrated by the THAI-CAPRI process. This venture will look at ways these, and related processes, could be combined and any resulting CO2 separated and left underground.
In creating a genuine transition pathway for oil and gas majors it will allow them to fully decarbonise, not just their operations, but their products, within a decade or less.
our offer
Taking a Founder role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, we’ll pay you to start your own company and provide access to co-founders, strategic partners and investment. We’ll also continuously support you in building the venture and developing early data to land your first customers and investors.
It’s a full time role working across market analysis, laboratory science and venture creation. DSV will provide up to £500k of investment to enable your startup to conduct further 6-figure research.
Compared to other Entrepreneur in Residence programmes, DSV’s is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and comes with a commitment from us to support your company throughout its journey. No prior idea or IP required.
The required background for this opportunity

PhD in Biochemistry or Bioengineering and experience with any one of:

    • Bacteria/Archaea
    • Dark fermentation
    • Biohydrogen/Biomethane
    • Anaerobic digestion

Interviews ongoing

Interviews ongoing