Posts Tagged ‘CCS’
Carbon capture and storage technologies designed to reduce carbon emissions get a better reception in the U.S. than in Europe, according to Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), a Norwegian firm that tests CCS technology.
For one thing, there’s a lot more carbon to capture and store in the USA, and a lot of carbon emitting gas and coal fired plants still around. Read the rest of this entry »
The old warning to be careful about what you ask for was proven again by a recent report from the Australia-based Global CCS Institute.
The 224-page Strategic Analysis of the Global Status of Carbon Capture and Storage, prepared for the CCS Institute by a WorleyParsons-led consortium, is supposed to make the case for the efficacy of accelerating the commercial deployment of CCS projects.
It does sort of, but not very convincingly depending on one’s perspective. After reading the report one could argue the opposite: That putting the brakes on CCS and using the money on renewable energy projects instead is the better option. The report certainly is not the slam-dunk for commercial CCS projects dotting the globe and taking care of nasty coal-plant CO2 emissions by in effect, burying them that clean-coal fans anticipated.
Rather the report makes the case that CCS, or clean-coal technology, is currently moribund and too expensive. It’s technically feasible, but the political and economic challenges are huge: Only seven CCS projects exist and they are all attached to gas plants.
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.
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…