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Published November 05, 2021
By Christine Reed
The University of Wyoming (UW) School of Energy Resources executive director Holly Krutka is one of twelve judges serving on the selection panel for the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition incentivized and funded by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation.
The four-year, $100 million global competition invites innovators and teams from anywhere in the world to create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans, and sequester it durably and sustainably. The competition is the largest incentive prize in history.
XPRIZE recruits a panel of expert judges who are completely independent of XPRIZE to volunteer their time and specialized knowledge. Judges are at the top of their respective fields, internationally recognized, and all around great and generous collaborators.
Krutka is uniquely qualified to serve on the judging panel after a career dedicated to advancing carbon capture solutions and policy, as well as identifying novel, low-emission fossil technologies. She came to the university after serving as the Vice President for coal generation and emissions technologies at Peabody, and holds three patents focused on carbon capture.
At UW, Krutka leads a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of research scientists, faculty, and students to drive energy-driven economic development for the state of Wyoming. Many of the innovation energy technologies at UW are led and supported by SER, including the multi-million-dollar Wyoming CarbonSAFE project funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as the state-funded carbon engineering initiative to convert coal to non-fuel products.
As an XPRIZE judge, Krutka will be tasked with evaluating all of the submissions in the competition along with the other judges chosen to serve on the panel, eventually selecting winners and runners up.
To win the grand prize, teams must demonstrate a working, carbon negative solution and show a pathway to achieving low cost at gigatonne scale for the future.
“I was honored to be invited to serve alongside my fellow XPRIZE judges and look forward to working with them in the coming years,” says Krutka. “I believe involvement in the competition is constructive for SER as our team focuses on research to develop new industries in Wyoming. Given all the progress that has been on carbon storage, the state is well position to be a leader in carbon removal technologies as well.”
Krutka has previously served as a judge on the recently completed NRG COSIA XPRIZE Carbon competition that was focused on developing breakthrough technologies to convert carbon dioxide emission into usable products.
To learn more about the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition and the judges, visit: https://bit.ly/3EFwZ4o.