Carbon-cutting start-up woos international partner
February 2023 | Australian Financial Review
Home-grown carbon reduction outfit MCi Carbon has signed up Austria’s RHI Magnesita as its first commercial customer in a move that further cements links between the two nations on technologies that will underpin the journey towards net zero emissions.
MCI COO Appointed Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum
April 2022 - Australian Financial Review
Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is celebrating the official selection of Chief Operating Officer Sophia Hamblin Wang as part of the Forum of Young Global Leaders Class of 2022.
Boston Consulting Group Managing Director & Partner Caroline Blanch Israel joins Hamblin Wang as the only two representatives from Australasia and Oceania. Alumni from the region include Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden. Global alumni include President of France Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin.
"Serial entrepreneur Marcus Dawe became inaugural CEO of Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) in 2013 and his half-sister Hamblin Wang joined as its first employee and COO shortly afterwards.
MCi, the result of years of research and development, and millions of dollars in grants from both the federal and NSW governments, and mining services firm Orica, takes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere/industry and turns it into building materials and other industrial products.
With a team of 30, a head office in Canberra and research team at Newcastle Institute for Energy Research, MCi is now on track for commercial success, winning the Clean Energy Startup Competition at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow and the Net Zero Technology Centre's Clean Energy Startup of the Year."
The Aussie woman behind COP26’s winning idea
Australian Financial Review, 5 November 2021
Glasgow | Australian eco-entrepreneur Sophia Hamblin Wang’s carbon-busting start-up has fended off 2700 worldwide competitors to take first prize in a Dragon’s Den-style contest for the business pitch at COP26 in Glasgow.
"Startups come from 80 countries for the chance to pitch at XTC. Although they have different homes and backgrounds, there is one thing in common: Their innovations could make the world a better place."
MCi reaches the #COP26 Clean Energy Pitch Battle Finals! 🌟
Showcasing the Top 10 Global Clean Energy Tech Start-Ups
“Let’s look towards a net zero 2050 and think about what life can look like! With a growing population, we can be providing infrastructure, manufacturing and energy to the masses, creating jobs and prosperous new industries whilst also achieving our Paris Goals!
MCi wins title of No.1 Clean Energy Startup at COP26 🏆.
Glasgow, United Kingdom Wednesday 3 November 2021
MCi has won the #COP26 Clean Energy Startup Pitch Battle in Glasgow overnight. More than 2700 companies around the world entered the competition, with the top 10 making it through to the finals in Glasgow.
MCi joins MECLA in mission to decarbonise construction industry
16 November 2021
Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) is pleased to announce its founding membership with Materials & Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance, a joint initiative led by WWF, Presync, Climate-KIC Australia and funded by NSW Government.
Itochu Corp invests in Australian cleantech MCi and advances partnership towards reducing Japan’s industrial CO2 emissions
25 August 2021
Australian cleantech Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) has secured its first major cornerstone investor, Japanese giant ITOCHU Corporation (ITOCHU). Following MCi’s recent Commonwealth CCUS grant win of $14.6m in June, the investment will significantly advance MCi’s company growth with plans to be a global leader in removing CO2 emissions from hard to abate industry sectors like steel, cement, mining and manufacturing. Read more here:
CSIRO launches CO2 Utilisation Roadmap
13 August 2021
Today CSIRO have launched their CO2 Utilisation Roadmap.
MCi’s technology and broader carbon capture and utilisation technologies are analysed. The roadmap shows that mineral carbonation technology provides a profitable pathway to decarbonise and with strong potential for future industry creation in Australia.
Australian carbon capture and use flagship technology awarded $14.6 million Federal Government grant
8 June 2021
The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor has today awarded Australian cleantech developer Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) one of the largest individual grants from its inaugural Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) Fund.
MCi and mineral carbonation included in this report which outlines the solutions available to draw down our atmospheric carbon and lock away as negative emissions.
30 June 2020
CO2 Value Australia (Sophia Hamblin Wang), CO2 Value Europe (Dr. Stefanie Kesting), and Global CO2 Initiative (Volker Sick) share their common vision in this position paper, which highlights the value of technologies which use CO2 as a material component to make valuable products.
Can Australia's emission reduction journey lead to economic growth?
25 June 2020
Do you follow us on LinkedIn? Check out our CEO Marcus Dawe's latest article in response to the Australian Government's Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper.
Asia Society features Sophia Hamblin Wang as Disruptive Asia author
17 June 2020
Our COO Sophia Hamblin Wang was invited by the Asia Society to contribute an article to the Disruptive Asia series. Her article "Creating Value in CO2" looks at ways in which Australia can support its regional trade partners to decarbonise profitably.
Q+A: Australia's Energy Future
1 June 2020
This episode of Q+A looked at responses to the Australian Government's Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper. The participants were Sophia Hamblin Wang, Matt Canavan, Zali Steggall, Joel Fitzgibbon and Zoe Whitton.
Better than Yesterday podcast
4 May 2020
Osher Gunsberg has an in-depth conversation with Sophia about a range of topics, including the establishment of MCi as a clean tech company, how she built her capacity as Chief Operations Officer and the early R&D phase. Interview begins from timecode 14:30.
Technology Editor David Swan interviews Sophia about her path to becoming COO of MCi and the potential for carbon utilisation technology.
ABC TV - Q+A
10 February 2020
This episode of Q+A looked at Australian responses to climate change in the face of energy requirements and clean tech developments. The participants were Sophia Hamblin Wang, Jennifer Westacott, Osher Gunsberg, Martijn Wilder and Matthew Evans.
Australia Day at Davos 2020
26 January 2020
Our COO Sophia Hamblin Wang representing Australia (and the ANU) at Davos together with Professor Brian Schmidt (12th Vice-Chancellor), the Hon Julie Bishop (13th Vice-Chancellor) and Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell.
Sophia participates at Davos 2020
24 January 2020
Capturing carbon emissions could yield the equivalent of 50 billion tonnes in manufactured goods. How can large emitters raise their carbon productivity to meet business and climate goals? Chief Operating Officer Sophia Hamblin Wang joins the panel discussion in Davos, Switzerland.
Sophia featured in the New York Times
19 January 2020
Sophia discusses her expectations for the WEF 2020, where she will take part in a panel discussion titled Building a New Carbon Economy. Paywalled for non-subscribers.
Sophia appointed as Representative for inaugural UN Youth Climate Summit
22 September 2019
Sophia will be joining a select group of 500 world-leading youth involved in solutions and initiatives that address climate change. The 2-day summit hosted in New York will be held ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit.
CO2 Value Australia Launch
MCi has contributed to the formation of an advocacy group designed to advance the awareness of Australia's emerging CO2 utilisation industry. CVA will takes its lead from the European equivalent group CO2 Value Europe which has more than 70 members throughout Europe.
MCi completed 5 year pilot plant program
MCi has successfully completed its 5-year program to build and test its first-of-a-kind research pilot reactors. It continues to progress its follow-on research, funded by CRC-P grants. MCi is currently developing designs for demonstration plants and advanced materials development.
Public Unveiling of MCi Latest Pilot Plant
25 August 2017
NSW Minister Don Harwin at public unveiling of MCi’s latest semi-continuous pilot plant.
Resource innovator of the year
25 June 2018
MCi wins first place in the Global Raw Material Summit in Berlin. COO Sophia Hamblin Wang represented MCi at this year's competition by pitching against other leading solutions in chemical engineering for new materials technologies.
R&D program expands with CRC-P grant
1 July 2017
MCi kicks off its next project with a $2.4m grant and shareholder contributions. The 3-year program will extend research with the UON and Orica, to support the integration of simulated flue gases containing CO2 from industrial sources into the pilot plant.
MCi on World stage
18 January 2020
Our COO and carbon solution evangelist, Sophia Hamblin Wang, is featured as an upcoming participant of the World Economic Forum 2020.
CO2 product industry valued at $US1 trillion
30 July 2019
Imaging turning the CO2 from steel and concrete production into something useful, like sustainable building materials. That’s the role that emerging technologies could play in meeting our emission reduction targets, as The Fifth Estate heard at the Siemens Digitalise conference in Brisbane heard.
MCi Project Report
An Australian developed technology platform for Carbon Utilisation. Read here.
GreenMag Group buyout UON shareholding as MCi prepares for capital raise
As MCi progresses toward its first industrial demonstration plant, founding shareholder GreenMag has bought out the University of Newcastle's shareholding for an undisclosed sum. Preparations are being made for the July 2019 private investment opening. UON continues to be a valued research partner.
Beyond Zero Emissions Book Launch
18 August 2017
BZE’s launch of ‘Rethinking Cement’. CEO Marcus Dawe presented MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation in cements to audience.
Presenting at ICCU15 in Shanghai
20 July 2017
15th International Conference on CO2 Utilisation in Shanghai : CTO Mark Rayson talks about MCi’s technology as a solution to carbon utilisation.
20 June 2017
CEO Marcus Dawe discusses MCi's technology, as a solution for carbon utilisation, at the Global CCS Institute Asia Pacific Forum.
First experimental carbonate bricks created
2 March 2017
MCi creates its first experimental building materials, developed from the bulk carbonates produced by its latest semi-continuous plant (which is now commissioned).