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Today’s Industrial Info Resources reports that the German government has passed a draft law on carbon capture and storage (CCS) that will allow major energy producers to forge ahead with the testing and development of pollution-cutting technology at coal-burning power plants. According to the report, the draft law, which has been the subject of much wrangling and controversy, “will go a long way to harmonizing German CCS laws with European Union guidelines.”
CCS is the putative and controversial “white knight” for coal-burning power plants, which have come under the most criticism for their high carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions. CCS systems aim to siphon harmful CO2 from the burning process and store them deep underground in facilities like old oil or gas fields.
The draft law, which could be passed by parliament before the summer break, sets out strict regulations and a framework for pilot projects and demonstration projects. A review is expected in 2015 to see whether CCS is technologically and financially feasible, but the draft law clears the way for big utilities to create large-scale, underground CO2 storage facilities for commercial roll-out after 2020.

The article continued that there are three CCS pilots in Germany:

German utility giant E.ON AG (Dusseldorf) has joined with Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) (Munich) to establish a pilot to capture carbon-dioxide emissions from coal-burning at the Staudinger power plant near Hanau, Germany.

Vattenfall (Stockholm) kicked off the world’s first CCS demonstration plant last September at the Schwarze Pumpe in northern Germany at a cost of 70 million euros ($94 million).

RWE Power (FRA:RWE) (Essen) received permission within the past few days to build a flue gas scrubbing pilot system at the Coal Innovation Centre of the Niederaussem Power Plant in Bergheim, Germany. It will go into operation this July and will aim to handle up to 90 percent of emissions.

wrdforwrd comment:
Is CCS really the right to to go? There’s a lot of money and energy behind it in a desperate bid to keep coal in the picture, perhaps at the expense of more viable and clean alternative options…

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Written by William DiBenedetto

6 April, 2009 at 11:10 am

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