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A CCS Future for Europe: Catalysing North Sea Action -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage
Date: 2015-02-02
Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) has published a report entitled A CCS Future for Europe: Catalysing North Sea Action which suggests that North Sea nations have the skills and storage capacity to deliver a carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry.

According to the report, CCS can provide the least cost transition to a low-carbon future and a reliable electric power supply. The report calls for policy support and "wider political ambition" within the EU and outlines a ten-point plan for policy makers. The plan is attached below, along with the report's key findings.

SCCS is the largest carbon capture and storage research group in the UK. SCCS researchers provide connected strength across the full CCS chain. SCCS is able to act as the conduit between academia, industry and government.

The full report A CCS future for Europe: Catalysing North Sea Action is available HERE (Source: Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage , Jan., 2015) Contact: Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage , 011 +44 0 131 650 0227, info@sccs.org.uk, www.sccs.org.uk

Tags CCS news,  Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage news,  


Canada, UK Ink Joint CCS R&D Deal (Int'l., Ind. Report)
CCS
Date: 2014-11-21
In the UK, ClickGreen is reporting that UK and Canadian Governments have agreed to work together on research and innovation cooperation, knowledge sharing and international engagement on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. The agreement builds on the work both nations already undertake in increasing the use of low carbon technologies.

The UK has positioned itself as one of the world's frontrunners in this sector and is leading Europe with two commercial scale carbon capture and storage projects in development, Peterhead in Scotland and White Rose in Yorkshire. (Source: UK DECC, ClickGreen, Nov., 2014)

Tags CCS.UK CCS news,  Canada CCS news,  Carbon Capture & Storage news,  


CO2CRC Continues Australian CCS R&D (Int'l., Ind. Report, R&D)
Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies
Date: 2014-09-15
In the Land Down Under, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) reports that, with the support of $5 million in grant funding, it will continue its carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) R&D activity at the Oatway Project at Nirranda, about 40 kilometres from Warrnambool.

Over the past decade, the Otway Project has injected and safely stored more than 60,000 tonnes of CO2 in a depleted gas reservoir deep underground at Nirranda. The ongoing research program aims to improve the reliability, safety and drive down the cost of CCS.

CO2CRC participants include Australian and international industry, universities, research bodies, as well as state, federal and international government agencies. (Source: CO2CRC, Sept., 2014) Contact: CO2CRC, +61 2 6120 1600, http://www.co2crc.com.au CO2CRC

Tags CCS news,  CO2CRC news,  


Nova Scotia Tightens CCS Regulations (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report))
Nova Scotia,Nova Scotia Minister of Environment,
Date: 2014-08-18
In Nova Scotia, Canada, the provincial Department of Environment has updated its regulations on new and existing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and methods of storing carbon emissions. The changes are in response to new technology which is being investigated and trialed by Carbon Capture and Storage Nova Scotia in Sydney, Cape Breton.

According to the Department of Environment, even though carbon waste has been injected into geological formations for several decades, long-term storage is a newer concept. The Department add that new regulations are not intended to be construed as an endorsement of any new practices. Companies proposing any carbon capture and storage activity in Nova Scotia will need an approval from the Environment Department before work can begin. (Source: Gov't. of Nova Scotia, Minster of Environment, CTV News, Aug. 15, 2014) Contact: Nova Scotia Minister of Environment, www.novascotia.ca/nse Carbon Capture and Storage Nova Scotia, http://www.ccsnovascotia.ca

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Storage news,  


UK CCSRC Awards £2.5Mn for CCS R&D (Int'l., Funding)
UK DECC,UKCCSRC
Date: 2014-06-25
In Edinburgh, the UK government-supported Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has announced £2.5 million ($4.25 million) in funding for 14 new research projects, geared towards accelerating the commercialization of CCS technology. The announcement was made on Friday as energy minister Michael Fallon opened the UKCCSRC's pilot-scale advanced CO2-capture technology (PACT) facilities in South Yorkshire.

Seven projects worth £1.1 million will focus on carbon capture, including research into novel materials and processing routes to separate emissions. A further £1 million will be invested in five projects investigating other related issues including the performance of flow meters for measuring piped gas and methods for sheltering from an escape of CO2. Two other projects looking into carbon storage have been awarded just under £400,000. The funds are in addition to £2 million from a range of industrial partners in the UK and overseas.

The funding is part of wider government plans to commercialize CCS technology which it says is the only way that the country can significantly cut CO2 emissions and keep fossil fuels in the UK's energy mix. (Source: Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, TCE Today, 24 June, 2014) Contact: Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, +44 (0) 131 650 8564, https://ukccsrc.ac.uk

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  DECC news,  


Aussies Mapping Potential National CCS Blueprint Site (Int'l)
CSIRO
Date: 2014-03-21
In western Australia, 115-square-kilometre of land known as the Harvey-Waroona Site is being used as a national blueprint for carbon capture and storage (CCS). On-site CCS research is being by the South West Hub, a joint venture that incorporates the Department of Mines and Petroleum , as well as industry and research bodies including the CSIRO.

In February, the South West Hub began a 3D seismic survey project to map the underground rock layers, at the site. The South West Hub is seeking to find out exactly what lays beneath the site's surface and to create strong enough background knowledge for industry to make a commercial decision whether it wants to invest in carbon capture and storage technology. The information gained would allow the area's industries, such as the area's main gas and electricity supplier Synergy, to pipe and "capture" CO2 emissions before they are released into the atmosphere. (Source: ABC (Australia) Rural, 19 Mar., 2014) Contact: CSIRO, Dr. Adrian Chappell, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

Tags Australia CCS news,  CSIRO news,  


EPA Publishes CCS Regulation Clarification (Reg & Leg)
US EPA
Date: 2014-01-03
On Thursday, the Obama administration detailed final regulations easing the path toward technology needed to allow new coal-fired power plants to operate. A final EPA rule is meant to remove potential obstacles in the implementation of carbon capture and sequestration (CSS) technology. Without the technology, coal plants would be unable to meet forthcoming emission standards proposed as part of the administration's effort to combat climate change. Administration opponents often refer to the standards as a "war on coal" and contend that CCS technology is too costly and unproven.

The rule creates a "consistent national framework" to facilitate the technology, including language that exempts the carbon streams pumped underground from the EPA's hazardous waste regulations under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

The rule also clarifies that the EPA does not expect to deem sequestration a waste management activity, which would subject the practices to other regulations. (Source: EPA, The Hill, Blog, 2 Jan., 2014)

Tags Geologic Sequestration news,  CCS news,  Coal-Fired Power news,  Carbon Capture news,  Carbon Emissions news,  CCS news,  


US, Norway Affirm CCS Technonolgy Committment (Ind. Report)
CO2 Test Centre Network,CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad
Date: 2013-11-11
In a joint release, the U.S. and Norway have affirmed their commitment to enhance the development of CCS technologies that will merge the need for reliable and cost efficient power production with sustainable deployment at large scale power production. Under the agreement, the two countries will strengthen their efforts to accelerate the development of CCS technologies. The joint announcement was made at the recent meeting of the CO2 Test Centre Network.

The CO2 Test Centre Network was launched in 2012 by the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM, Norway), NCCC (US) and other carbon capture test facilities. (See our Feb. 4, 2013 edition for details) The founding Test Centre Network embers include: CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (Norway), National Carbon Capture Center (Alabama, US), Southern Company's CCS demonstration facility (Alabama, US), J-Power (Japan), ENEL Engineering and Research (IT), E.ON (Germany), DOOSAN Power Systems (UK) and SaskPower (Canada). Membership in the network is open to any large-scale CCS test centers.

The network aims to: provide enhanced technical learning and confidence that can be beneficial for projects in applying more efficient CCS solutions; increase insight and awareness of different technologies for relevant stakeholders that may reduce risks and increase investments in CCS technology; provide a broader base of factual evidence which can increase general transparency of CCS, and thereby enhance public awareness and acceptance of the technology; and to increase the value of public and private CCS research and technology investments through increased sharing of lessons learned and results from parallel activities. (Source: TCMDA, HydroCarbon Processing, 8 Nov., 2013) Contact: CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, Tore Amundsen, Managing Director, +47 900 51 222, http://www.tcmda.com

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Capture news,  CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad news,  


Carbon Monitoring & CCS Experts Meeting in Australia (Int'l.)
CO2CRC
Date: 2013-08-26
The Cooperative Research Center for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) is hosting a four day combined meeting of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) Monitoring Network and Environmental Research Network this week in Australia. The meeting will cover a range of topics including monitoring results from active carbon dioxide storage projects, discussions of CCS regulation, new and established terrestrial and marine monitoring techniques and the environmental impacts of carbon dioxide.

Monitoring is an essential part of carbon storage, both for verifying the amount of carbon dioxide being stored and understanding how the gas behaves underground. The rigorous monitoring required for CCS provides assurance of long term storage integrity and an early warning if things are not going as planned.

"The meeting is a significant research event and brings together scientists from the US, Europe, the UK and Australia. It is part of a global scientific effort to develop new and improved technologies for monitoring geologically stored carbon dioxide, and is a vital underpinning to the development of CCS," according to CO2CRC CEO Dr. Richard Aldous.

The meeting is being sponsored by CO2CRC, ANLEC R&D, the CarbonNet Project, Chevron, The Global CCS Institute and Shell. (Source: CO2CRC, Aug 23, 2013) Contact: CO2CRC, Tony Steeper, tsteeper@co2crc.com, www.co2crc.com

Tags Carbon Monitoring news,  Carbon Emissions news,  CCS news,  


Two Noteworthy CCS Reports Available Below (Ind. Reports)
CCS
Date: 2012-12-19
The Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Market 2013-2023 -- The value of the global CCS market will be $7.78 billion in 2013. This report looks into the opportunities that the global CCS market offers and its application to various industries that emit CO2 besides large power plants, and examines various government policies and initiatives that are stimulating industries to implement clean or low carbon technologies by adopting CCS technologies. Among those policies considered are carbon tax, prospects of carbon emission trading schemes (ETS), direct funding for carbon capture and storage and other awards for innovations. A report Executive Summary and free sample pages are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/gd256330-carbon-capture-storage-ccs-coal-fired-plants.html

Global Carbon Management Software and Services Market 2011-2015 -- The global market for carbon management software and services (CMSS) is forecast to grow at a 35.9% CAGR through 2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing shift toward green concepts. The Global CMSS market has also been witnessing increased number of governmental rules and regulations. However, lack of awareness regarding CMSS could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. Key vendors dominating this market space include Enablon North America Corp., Enviance Inc., Hara Software Inc., and IHS Inc. Other vendors mentioned in this report include Advantage IQ Inc., Accenture plc, PE International GmbH, IBM Corp., Summit Energy Services Inc., Greenstone Carbon Management Ltd., CarbonSystems Pty Ltd., Carbonetworks, Deloitte Inc., Foresite Systems Ltd., Intelex Technologies Inc., Perillon Software Inc., ProcessMAP Corp., TRIRIGA Inc., Verisae Inc., and Verteego. An Executive Summary and free sample pages are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/infi245872-global-carbon-management-software-services-market.html

(Source: Global Information Inc, Dec. 18, 2012) Contact: Global Information Inc., http://www.giiresearch.com

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Qatar pledges $70m for CCS Research Project (Int'l, Funding)
Qatar Petroleum
Date: 2012-12-05
Qatar, the world's largest LNG producer , has pledged $70 million for a CCS R&D project which is part of the oil-rich kingdom's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. The pleadge was made by a senior official of Qatar Petroleum ( QP ) yesterday at COP18. The official indicated that CCS was being considered as an alternative to CO2 emission reduction.

The 10-year research project aims to explore new CCS storage technologies and is a joint initiative of energy giant Shell Oil, QP and the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) in collaboration with Imperial College, London.

As of today, there are only 23 active and 53 planned CCS projects worldwide. (Source: Zaway, 4 December, 2012) Contact: Qatar Petroleum, +974 4449 1449, www.qp.com.qa

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


GlobalData say CCS may be Key to Meeting Global Emissions Targets (Ind. Report)
GlobalData
Date: 2012-12-03
Although currently negligible in prominence, carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be the technology that makes the world's carbon emission reduction targets achievable, according to energy expert GlobalData.

CCS techniques, such as enhanced oil recovery, have been extensively used in the energy sector but only recently has the concept of long-term carbon storage been viewed as a viable tool for reducing the amount of carbon released from power plants into the atmosphere. Correspondingly, only 238 MW of CCS capacity was installed globally at the end of 2011. A more substantial 10 GW is, however, expected to come online by 2020.

China, the US, Australia, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands and the UK have invested heavily in CCS R&D and are the global leaders in the industry. Even so, there are currently no active large-scale CCS projects for coal-fired power plants. (Source: ESI-Africa, Dec. 3, 2012) Contact: Global Data, (646) 395-5477, www.globaldata.com

Tags GlobalData news,  CCS news,  Carbon Emission Target news,  


Qatar and Partners Open CCS Research Center in London (Int'l)
Qatar,Shell,Imperial College
Date: 2012-09-17
Shell, Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) have opened the world's largest suite of laboratories to research Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in carbonate rock formations. The new laboratories form part of the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC ) at Imperial College London and are part of a $70 million, 10-year partnership between Shell, QP, QSTP and Imperial College.

The new laboratories represent a significant step forward in the development of CCS as a solution to climate change, by helping to build knowledge that can be used to unlock the vast CO2 storage potential of carbonate reservoirs. Laboratory researchers will also analyze how liquids and gases move through carbonate rock to optimize oil and gas production. The research in the new laboratories will be the first in the world to utilise multi-scale X-Ray CT technology alongside other state-of-the-art measurement and modelling techniques to understand the way CO2 interacts with, and flows in, carbonate rock formations.

With more than 50 researchers, including PhD students from Qatar, the new venture will create one of the largest university-based CCS research teams in the world. The programme will operate internationally in both Qatar and the UK over the coming years with the main site ultimately located in Qatar and hosted at QSTP, which will provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. (Source: Gulf Times, Sept. 16, 2012)

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Canadaian Oilsands CCS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell,Alberta Oilsands
Date: 2012-09-05
In Calgary, Alberta, Royal Dutch Shell is proceeding with the first CCS project for a Canadian oilsands operation. The Quest project will be built on behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project's joint venture owners, which include Shell, Chevron and Marathon Oil. It also has the support of the Canadian and Alberta governments.

Beginning in late 2015, Quest will capture and store deep underground more than one million tonnes a year of CO2 produced in bitumen processing. Quest will reduce direct emissions from the Scotford upgrader by up to 35 per cent. Quest is the world's first commercial-scale CCS project to tackle carbon emissions in the oilsands, and the first CCS project in which Shell will hold majority ownership and act as designer, builder and operator. It will also form the core of Shell's CCS research program and help develop its CO2 capture technology. Shell has received the necessary federal and provincial regulatory approvals for Quest.

The Alberta government plans to invest $745 million in Quest from a $2-billion fund to support CCS, while the Canadian federal government in Ottawa will provide $120 million through its Clean Energy Fund.

The captured CO2 from will be transported via an 80-kilometre underground pipeline to a storage site north of Scotford where it will be injected two kilometres underground into a porous rock formation called the Basal Cambrian Sands, located beneath layers of impermeable rock. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, 5 Sept., 2012) Contact: Shell, www.shell.com

Tags Royal Dutch Shell news,  CCS news,  Albert Oilsands news,  


Melbourne School of Engineering Launches CCS Center (Int'l , Ind. Report)
Rio Tinto,Melbourne School of Engineering
Date: 2012-08-21
Research into carbon reduction at The University of Melbourne received a $3 million boost last week with the launch of the new Peter Cook Center for Carbon Capture and Storage Research. The (CO2CRC) will oversee research at the new center, which has been sponsored by Rio Tinto with $3 million in funding over 3 years. A further $3 million in Rio Tinto funding over 3 years will support the CO2CRC Otway Project, Australia's first demonstration of geological carbon dioxide storage, as a field site for carbon storage research.

The Peter Cook Center for CCS Research will incorporate existing extensive research hosting more than 30 scientists working on CCS. The Peter Cook Center for CCS Research is a collaborative partnership between CO2CRC, Rio Tinto, The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

The centre will bring together professors and researchers from a wide variety of disciplines, including the chemical and process engineering associated with capturing CO2 from power plants, and the geology and geomechanics required for storage of carbon dioxide in deep rock formations.

The CO2CRC is one of the world's leading collaborative research organizations focused on carbon dioxide capture and storage. The CO2CRC is a joint venture comprising participants from Australian and global industry, universities and other research bodies from Australia and New Zealand, and Australian Commonwealth, State and international government agencies. (Source: Melbourne School of Engineering, Aug. 21, 2012) Contact: Melbourne School of Engineering, www.eng.unimelb.edu.au Rio Tinto, Rio Tinto, + 44 20 7781 2000, www.riotinto.com

Tags CCS news,  Rio Tinto news,  


Edinburgh University CCS Research Center Wins &12.6Mn Funding (Int'l., Funding)
University of Edinburgh
Date: 2012-08-21
In the UK, the University of Edinburgh's Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Research Center has been awarded £12.6 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The funding will further the Center's CCS R&D activities.

Throughout the year the university research staff and students created a total of 35 companies, filed 62 patents and concluded 51 license agreements to allow commercial use of technologies developed on campus. (Source: Fife Today, Univ. of Edinburgh, 20 Aug., 2012) Contact: University of Edinburgh, www.ed.ac.uk

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Carbon Deposit - a Carbon Tax Option from Milan Ilnyckyj (All Things Considered)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2012-05-23
It just occurred to me that there might be a way to both (a) spur the development of effective carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and (b) circumvent the apparent political impossibility of creating a carbon price. It involves treating tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution like soda cans.

Instead of charging people a fee based on their tonnes of emissions, as an incentive to use less, you could require everyone to pay a disposal fee for the carbon up front when they buy oil, gas, or coal. It's possible to separate carbon dioxide (CO2) from air and to bury it underground. The cost of doing so could be built into the disposal fee. For instance, if it cost $600 to bury a tonne of carbon, there could be a $600 deposit required on that quantity of fossil fuel. If you burn it, capture the carbon and sequester it, then the deposit gets returned to you. If you just vent the CO2 into the air, then you lose the deposit. The effect is similar to a carbon tax, with an exemption for firms that demonstrably nullify their emissions. (Of course all the issues with safety and verification and CCS remain.)

A $600 carbon price would have a large and immediate effect on an economy like Canada's, so this probably isn't politically possible either. (Of course, it would be possible to start lower and scale up, giving people more time to adjust.) There may well be all sorts of other problems with it also, but I thought it was an idea worth contemplating. (Source: Milan Ilnyckyj, 18 May, 2012)

About the author: Originally from Vancouver, Milan Ilnyckyj is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.A. International Relations and Political Science) and the University of Oxford (M.Phil International Relations). In September 2012, he will be starting a PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Junior Fellowship at Massey College.


Greenpeace Rejects Australian CCS Funding (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Greenpeace
Date: 2012-05-17
According to environment group Greenpeace, Australian governments are wasting millions of dollars of public money on carbon capture and storage (CCS) research. Greenpeace says the collapse of CCS projects overseas and in Australia shows the technology is commercially not viable.

Julian Vincent of Greenpeace says governments are paying an unfair share of the research bill because the coal power industry is unwilling to invest. He says taxpayer money would be better spent on renewable energy projects such as solar and wind. "We need technologies, we need solutions that are on the table, that can be implemented in the next few years, if not already," he said.

A Victorian-based CCS research project has questioned Greenpeace's findings. CEO Richard Aldous from the CO2 cooperative research center near Warrnambool says CCS is a viable option to slow climate change. "All of the research that we're seeing is indicating that CCS is neck and neck with renewables in terms of its ability to contribute to the climate change fight " he said. (Source: Greenpeace, May 16, 2012) Contact: Greenpeace, www.greenpeace.org

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