TerraPraxis at COP27

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

November 7, 2022

This year at COP27 TerraPraxis hosted and participated in more than a dozen events, made a series of high profile announcements alongside global climate leaders, and launched new products and partnerships.

This year at COP27 TerraPraxis hosted and participated in more than a dozen events, made a series of high profile announcements alongside global climate leaders, and launched new products and partnerships.

COP27

Launching the Global Market for Repowering Coal

We are grateful to Microsoft President and Vice Chair, Brad Smith, for joining TerraPraxis at COP27. "What I love about what you’re doing is that you’re taking the opportunity to look at these coal plants, and not just close them down, but turn them into something new and better,” Microsoft President and Vice Chair, Brad Smith, said at the launch of our new EVALUATE application, enabling every coal plant owner in the world to assess their coal plant for conversion to clean energy. Watch the video to find out more about how we are moving from pledges to progress with our partners at Microsoft and Schneider Electric.

This application is designed to help the global fleet of 2,400 coal plants stop burning coal and continue to supply clean, reliable and affordable energy - without emissions. 

This application is designed to help the global fleet of 2,400 coal plants stop burning coal and continue to supply clean, reliable and affordable energy - without emissions. This free application will enable national delegations, coal plant owners, and institutional investors to quickly evaluate the business case for repowering each of the world’s 2,400 existing coal plants with emission-free heat sources. Learn More About Repowering Coal »

Watch a Demo of EVALUATE:

TerraPraxis Presentations

We hosted several presentations on the global energy transition at the Microsoft Mini Theatre at COP27 this week! Topics included:

Achieving Net Zero with Digital Platforms and AI (Guest Speaker: Conor Kelly, Sustainability Technology Lead - Azure Global, Microsoft)
Enabling Fast, Low-Cost and Repeatable Repowering of 2TWe of Coal (Guest Speaker: Diane Cameron, Head of the Nuclear Technology Development and Economics Division, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA))
Accelerating the Terawatt Transition (Guest Speaker: Adrian La Porta, Technical Director, Bryden Wood)
Deploying High-Quality Infrastructure at Speed to Enable the Terawatt Transition (Guest Speaker: Adrian La Porta, Technical Director, Bryden Wood)

COP27 Booth

Partner Events

TerraPraxis spoke at a number of industry and partner events this week. Recordings of these sessions are available below.

Engaging Stakeholders with Nuclear Science to Achieve Net Zero

Hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Low carbon nuclear power continues to face public acceptance challenges around the world, even as most credible scenarios for achieving net zero call for a significant increase in its use. This event will explore how advocates of nuclear power are better informing stakeholders of all kinds by using creative, science-based communications to explain the role of nuclear power.

The Role of Nuclear Energy in the Hydrogen Economy

Hosted by the OECD - Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

This event brought together key findings from the NICE Future Nuclear-Hydrogen Digest, an NEA-led publication that was recently released at the Clean Energy Ministerial and showcases the role of nuclear energy in the hydrogen economy.

Nuclear and Renewables to Partner and Achieve Net Zero

Hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The event aims at showcasing how nuclear power and renewables can partner to reach net zero, addressing integration issue in low-carbon grids, and highlighting the contributions of non-power applications of nuclear that advanced reactors/SMRs can offer (H2, heat, desalination). The event also addressed the benefits of clean energy investments in terms of jobs, economic development - to help move away from fossil-based activities ‘Just Transition’.

The Role of Advanced Nuclear Technologies for Hard to Abate Sectors

Hosted by the OECD - Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

This side event will provide an overview of progress with Advanced nuclear technologies deployment and discuss their role for supporting decarbonization strategies in otherwise hard-to-abate sectors. This session included the potential of small modular reactors for replacing coal power plants, industrial heat applications of nuclear energy and off-grid mining.

Decarbonization Beyond Electricity

Hosted by the World Nuclear Association (WNA)

Achieving net zero will mean achieving much more than just decarbonizing electricity. Nuclear energy has the rare characteristic among low-carbon energy options of being able to supply both electricity and heat. This session highlighted different applications beyond electricity generation to which nuclear technologies can be applied, including industrial applications in heavy industry and transportation.

Unlocking Hydrogen: Pathways to Generating Clean Hydrogen at Scale and Building the Global Market for Zero-Carbon Fuels

Hosted by the Clean Air Task Force (CATF)

Hydrogen demand is expected to increase more than 500% by 2050 as the world turns its attention to decarbonizing sectors like steelmaking, shipping and high-temperature industrial heating. In order to meet that demand, we’ll need to pursue every climate beneficial pathway that offers promise – hedging against unforeseen obstacles to any given pathway and ensuring we have more tools at our disposal, not fewer. Learn from a panel of global experts focused on advancing clean hydrogen production through a wide variety of technologies, including renewable energy, nuclear energy, superhot rock energy (geothermal), methane pyrolysis, and gas reforming with carbon capture.

Speakers: Roeland Baan, Topsoe A/S; Andrew Bedford, Jacobs; Eric Ingersoll, Lucid Catalyst and TerraPraxis; Carlos Leipner, Clean Air Task Force; Terra Rogers, Clean Air Task Force; Jonathan Lewis, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Superhot Rock Energy: Tapping the Heat Beneath our Feet for Always Available, Carbon-free, Renewable Energy

Hosted by the Clean Air Task Force (CATF)

In this session, a video featuring experts including Eric Ingersoll will set the scene for a panel discussion. Superhot rock energy is a visionary energy source deserving of investment, and yet almost entirely unrecognized in the decarbonization debate. With the right funding and policy support, it could revolutionize the global energy system by providing the world with cost-competitive, carbon-free, always available, renewable energy with low land use requirements — demonstrating a pathway to energy security without damaging the atmosphere. Join CATF and leaders from around the world for a presentation and panel discussion on how we can harness superhot rock energy, the role it can play in the carbon-free energy future, and how this revolutionary renewable energy source can be made possible with the right funding and policy support.

Speakers: Carlos Araque​, Quaise Energy; Tony Pink​, NOV Guðmundur Ómar Friðleifsson​; Hiroshi Asanuma​, AIST, Renewable Energy Research Center; Bailey Schwarz​, Eavor Technologies Inc​; Eric Ingersoll, TerraPraxis​; Terra Rogers, Clean Air Task Force (moderator)

Watch part 1 »

Watch part 2 featuring Eric Ingersoll below:

Learn more about CATF's Super Hot Rock »

Coal to Nuclear: Global Asset Transformation for a Zero-Carbon Future

Hosted by the Clean Air Task Force (CATF)

Around the world, economies are reckoning with the negative climate and public health impacts of emissions from coal-fired power plants. As the world pursues both emissions reductions and abundant, firm, reliable energy simultaneously, transforming coal-fired power plants to plants powered by carbon-free nuclear energy is emerging as an attractive prospect. Many are considering leveraging the existing infrastructure of coal power plants and replacing the power source with nuclear technology. Join us to learn from a panel of global experts about the key opportunities and challenges around transitioning power plants from coal to nuclear power – including its impacts on jobs, pollution, and local economies.

Speakers: Chris Levesque, Terrapower; Ana Birchall, Nuclearelectrica; Eric Ingersoll, LucidCatalyst and TerraPraxis; Clayton Scott, NuScale; Elina Teplinsky, Pillsbury; Carlos Leipner, Clean Air Task Force

Nuclear Energy: A Promising Pathway to Zero-Carbon Hydrogen at Scale

Hosted by the Clean Air Task Force (CATF)

Decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors like heavy duty transportation, marine shipping, and industrial processes is likely to require high volumes of zero-carbon fuels, namely hydrogen. But how can we generate enough hydrogen to meet demand? How can we ensure we’re doing so in a climate beneficial way? Nuclear energy offers various promising pathways to producing clean hydrogen at scale – including via low-temperature electrolysis, high-temperature electrolysis, and thermo-chemical processes. Each could produce high volumes of hydrogen without emitting carbon dioxide, all with a comparatively low land use footprint. Join world leaders and energy experts working to explore and advance nuclear hydrogen for a discussion on hydrogen production pathways and what kind of support is needed to tap into this promising pathway.

Speakers: Diane Cameron, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency; Kirsty Gogan, TerraPraxis; Wei Huang, International Atomic Energy Agency; Yves Desbazeille, Nuclear Europe