This week on This Is CDR, we are pleased to welcome Carbin Minerals CEO Paul Needham and Chief Science Officer Dr. Greg Dipple to tell us how the X Prize Milestone Award-winning company’s science and technology accelerate natural mineralization processes to unlock the enormous carbon removal potential of mine tailings.
Paul Needham is CEO of Carbin Minerals. He’s a cleantech serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience as founder, CEO and board member. Paul also currently serves as board member and senior advisor to energy access companies, financing facilities and impact investment funds that are accelerating the energy transition in the developing world. Paul co-founded and led Simpa Networks, the leading rooftop solar leasing company in India. Simpa was acquired by ENGIE in November 2018. Paul has a MPhil in Economics & Politics from the University of Cambridge.
Greg Dipple is Carbin Minerals’ Chief Science Officer, and Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Dipple studies the processes of and driving forces for mineral-fluid reactions, including those that modulate long-term climate through chemical weathering. He has published extensively on fluid-rock interactions from the deep Earth to its surface. Through field, experimental, and modeling studies, he and his students and postdocs have demonstrated that weathering of alkaline mine wastes are vastly accelerated over background weathering rates and impact the short term carbon cycle. Current work focuses on industrial control of these processes for carbon capture, utilization and storage. Dr. Dipple has worked at The University of British Columbia since 1992. He has served as a Department Head and Associate Dean, and in administrative roles for the Mineral Deposit Research Unit and the Bradshaw Research Institute for Minerals and Mining.