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SUMMARY

They aim to develop new technologies in the fields of carbon capture, low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia, non-metallics, e-fuels, liquids-to-chemicals and advanced transport technologies.

By Joseph Murphy

Saudi Aramco has opened a low-carbon solutions research centre at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the national oil company announced on June 27.

Researchers at the centre will strive to accelerate the development of low-carbon solutions for the energy industry using advanced analytics. They aim to develop new technologies in the fields of carbon capture, low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia, non-metallics, e-fuels, liquids-to-chemicals and advanced transport technologies.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be deployed to develop these solutions, Aramco said, in order to enable a circular carbon economy.

The centre "offers a unique opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with KAUST and accelerate the development of cutting-edge technologies that will contribute to a low-carbon future," Aramco's chief technology officer Ahmad Al-Khowaiter said in a statement.

“Today energy companies face the dual challenge of delivering sustainability and reliability. The critical research undertaken at this new facility will help us meet our obligations to customers and energy consumers worldwide, while also supporting our ambition of reaching operational net-zero emissions by 2050," he said.