The Port of Corpus Christi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to further its research into decarbonisation and energy transition projects.
The agreement aims to advance collaboration between the port, the NREL and port tenants by identifying scalable energy transition and decarbonisation projects, directly aligning with the port’s commitment to becoming more environmentally sustainable.
“As the leading energy export seaport in the United States, the Port of Corpus Christi is committed to the global energy transition and atmospheric decarbonisation objectives by diversifying the energy products that move through our gateway,” said Sean Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi.
“Partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to cultivate opportunities for applied research and analytics is a logical and pragmatic approach to developing scalable alternative energy sources for export.”
The MoU defines several shared objectives, including scalable production, storage, use and export of renewable and/or low carbon intensity energy; integration and de-risking of innovative renewable technologies and production systems that leverage the abundance of solar, wind and other potential renewables.
Charles W. Zahn Jr., Chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi Commission, added “This agreement is another example of the commitment the Port of Corpus Christi has made to become the Energy Transition Port of the Americas. We want to leverage our position of prominence in the global energy economy to drive innovations and investments that will support our customers and the communities we serve.”
Previous steps the Port of Corpus Christi has taken to reduce its carbon footprint include the signing of another MoU with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to co-develop a CO2 storage solution along the Gulf of Mexico.
Announced in September 2021, the solution would involve infrastructure to transport and permanently store CO2 captured by various industrial target sources in the greater area of the port.