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Alberta Climate Group Funding Transformative Green Technologies (Funding)
Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation
Date: 2014-03-28
In Edmonton, the Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) is establishing a $65-million fund to support new technology projects that will reduce carbon emissions through conservation, carbon capture and cleaner energy production. The corporation is funded with the proceeds from the province's carbon levy (tax).

Under the terms of its 10th call for proposals, the winning companies will be given a maximum of $25 million and three years to get their project up and running. The CCEMC's goal is to attract new and "transformative" gren technologies that can be adapted to Alberta and would not otherwise be developed.

To date, the CCEMC's largest investment is in the renewable energy sector, including a concentrated solar project in Medicine Hat. (Source: Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, Edmonton Journal, 25 Mar., 2014) Contact: Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, Kirk Andries, Managing Director, (780) 417-1920, info@ccemc.ca, http://ccemc.ca

Tags Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation 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,  


Southern's CCS Equipped Coal Plant Faces Costly Delay (Ind. Report)
Southern Company
Date: 2014-03-19
The LA Times is reporting that construction of Southern Company's innovative new 582-MW power plant, which is part of a $5 billion Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) project in Kemper County, Miss., has been delayed by at least five months.

In an Oct, 2013 SEC filing, Southern Company claimed the cost of the project has spiraled by as much as $1.2 billion over its original budget and that it would be unable to meet its initial May 2014 construction deadline for the plant. That delay resulted in the power company having to repay $133 million in tax incentives it received in 2009 under the condition of completing the project within five years. Even so, the project is expected to come online before the end of 2014.

The new plant, equipped with TRIG™ technology, is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 65 percent.

To date, the U.S. DOE has pumped an estimated $270 million into the project as part of its stimulus funds toward carbon reduction technologies. (Source: Southern Company, Various Sources, PR, 17 Mar., 2014) Contact: Southern Company, www.southerncompany.com

Tags Southern Company news,  CCS news,  


NRDC says U.S. Can Further Slash Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
NRDC
Date: 2014-03-19
Newer data and expanded analysis to be released tomorrow, Thursday, 20 March, during a National Press Club news event will show that far more carbon pollution can be eliminated than originally projected under the innovative approach for federal action outlined in December 2012 by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The thrust of the NRDC plan urging the full use of existing legal authority for the U.S. EPA to reduce power plant carbon pollution has been reflected in recent steps taken by the federal agency.

The new NRDC modeling updates the potential impact of the 2012 plan and increases the number of scenarios for carbon pollution reduction from the one outlined in 2012 to five, including approaches that factor in increased energy efficiency from states, higher use of renewable energy, and other technologies (e.g., carbon capture and storage). The new scenarios use more up-to-date data about U.S. energy consumption and electricity generation from both industry and government sources.

The new analysis will show that it is possible for policymakers to deliver even bigger carbon pollution cuts at low cost while creating clean energy jobs, improving the health of Americans and benefiting the environment. (Source: NRDC, 18 Mar., 2014) Contact: Natural Resources Defense Council, www.nrdc.org

Tags NRDC news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


World Coal says Renewable Energy Not Solution to Climate Change, Endorses Warsaw Communique (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
World Coal Organization
Date: 2014-03-10
The Warsaw Communique has been developed by the World Coal Association, in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Economy, to encourage practical contributions to tackling climate change. In keeping with the Warsaw Communique, the World Coal Association calls for the immediate use of high-efficiency low-emissions coal combustion technologies, wherever it is economic and technically feasible at existing and new power plants, as an immediate step in lowering greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants around the world and a necessary milestone towards the deployment of carbon capture utilisation and storage technologies once demonstrated and commercialised.

In particular World Coal calls on Governments to set an ambitious pathway, before COP20, to move the global average efficiency of coal-fired power generation plants to current state of the art levels and to support R&D efforts to further improve the efficiency of coal combustion technologies.

World Coal also calls on development Banks to support developing countries in accessing clean coal technologies, including high-efficiency low-emissions coal combustion technologies.

The World Coal Association is a global industry association formed of major international coal producers and stakeholders. WCA works to demonstrate and gain acceptance for the fundamental role coal plays in achieving a sustainable and lower carbon energy future. Membership is open to companies and not-for-profit organisations with a stake in the future of coal from anywhere in the world, with member companies represented at Chief Executive or Chairman level.

Access full document HERE. (Source: World Coal Association, Contact: World Coal Association, +44 (0) 20 7851 0052, info@worldcoal.org, www.worldcoal.org

Tags World Coal Association news,  Coal news,  Clean Coal news,  Climate Change news,  


Algae.Tec Scores $2.4Mn RIIHL Purchase Order (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Algae.Tec
Date: 2014-02-24
Following on our Jan. 31 coverage, Perth, Australia-based renewable algae firm Algae.Tec has received a purchase order worth $2.4m from an affiliate of Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited (RIIHL). The purchase order is for the supply of Algae.Tec algae production technology along with associated technical expertise. The contract is expected to be fulfilled with 9 months.

In July, 2013, NewNet reported that Algae.Tec sealed a deal with Biodiesel Industries Australia (BIA) that will see BIA refining the company's algal oil from its carbon capture and biofuels production facility alongside a 2,640MW coal-fired power station near Sydney, Australia. In March, 2013, Algae.Tec signed an MOU with WorleyParsons that will see it support the company in the development of its projects in the EU, US, Australia, and Brazil. (Source: AlgaeTec, News & Views, 24 Feb., 2014) Contact: Algae.Tec, +61 (08) 9380 6790, www.algaetec.com.au; Reliance Industries, www.ril.com

Tags Algae.Tec news,  


UK Touts Peterhead as World's First CCS Plant (Ind. Report)
CCS
Date: 2014-02-24
In the UK, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey has announced a new Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) plant for Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire as part of the Government's efforts to address climate change. The government has also been investing heavily in renewable energy as part of it efforts to address climate change.

Peterhead will be the world's first gas-fired carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility as part of a £100 million Government investment in CCS technology. (Source: itv, 24 Feb., 2014)

Tags CCS news,  Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Sequestration news,  


Climate Change's Longer Growing Season Won't Mean Increased Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
Indian University
Date: 2014-02-24
Researchers at University of Indian , Bloomington, have found that forests may stay green longer due to global climate warming, but it does not mean those same forests will actually grow more. In fact, new research in two papers published by scientists at Indiana University finds that even though trees may keep their leaves on longer during warm years, how much they grow depends on how much rain they receive. And with drier conditions predicted to become more common across much of the Midwest, the degree to which forests can store carbon and slow climate change will be reduced.

When taken together, the two papers argue that continental-scale satellite data that measures canopy greenness is not an accurate tool for estimating forest photosynthesis and, in turn, tree growth. Using tree growth data from regional forests , the study estimated the potential impacts of water stress at a regional scale using the record of growth for about 300,000 trees representing dozens of species.

Chronic water stress could potentially reduce the carbon sink of deciduous forests in the U.S. by as much as 17 percent in coming decades, leading to a decrease in carbon capture that translates to an additional one to three days of global carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning each year, according to the paper, Chronic water stress reduces tree growth and the carbon sink of deciduous hardwood forests.

In a companion study, Improved approach for remotely sensing water stress impacts on forest C uptake, IU researchers reported a promising new method for detecting the impacts of water shortages on forest growth across large regions. Using national satellite data and detailed forest site data, the team found that forest canopies do not change greenness -- or "brown down" like a residential lawn would with drought -- as photosynthesis declines. A better barometer of what was happening within forests was information gathered from the patchwork of grasslands and agricultural fields that exist in and around the majority of forests.

Funding for both papers was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy-Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Program and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

An improved approach for remotely sensing water stress impacts on forest C uptake by Daniel A. Sims, Edward R. Brzostek, A.F. Rahman, Danilo Dragoni and R.P. Phillips, published in Global Change Biology

. Chronic water stress reduces tree growth and the carbon sink of deciduous hardwood forests by Edward R. Brzostek, Danilo Dragoni, Hans Peter Schmid, A. Faiz Rahman, Daniel Sims, Craig A. Wayson, Daniel J. Johnson and Richard P. Phillips, published in Global Change Biology. (Source: University of Indiana, Bloomington, Feb, 24, 2014) Contact: University of Indiana, www.iu.edu

Tags Climate CHange news,  Carbon Storage news,  


EU Urged to Include CCS in 2030 Climate Framework (Int'l)
Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage
Date: 2014-02-19
Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has called on the European Union to identify and propose quantifiable milestones for carbon capture and storage (CCS) as part of the new 2030 climate and energy framework. SCCS is the largest carbon capture and storage research group in the UK

The SCCS policy briefing follows the publication yesterday of the Global CCS Institute's 2014 review of CCS progress worldwide, which concluded that Europe is "lagging behind" progress on CCS being made in the USA, Canada and China. The GCCSI also highlighted that industrial CCS projects are under construction in Australia and the UAE.

The European Commission's recent proposals for 2030 recognized that CCS is required in order to cost-effectively decarbonize Europe's industrial and power sectors. However, it failed to include specific policy incentives or any indication of the level of CCS deployment required by 2030 as a means to achieving reductions of CO2 emissions of 80-95 percent by 2050. (Source: Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, Click Green, 19 Feb., 2014) Contact: Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, +44 (0) 131 650 0270, www.sccs.org.uk

Tags CCS news,  CO2 news,  


Carbon Capture-Embedded Power Plant Slated for Sask. (Ind. Report)
Pembina Institute,SaskPower,TransAlta
Date: 2014-02-17
In the Canadian province of Saskatchewan , the utility SaskPower will soon unveil the world's first power plant-CCS installation at Estevan. The utility previously abandoned a planned 300MW clean coal project in Estevan when costs more than doubled to $3.8 billion. The project was down-sized to 110 MW and proceeded with Canadian federal government funding.

In another first, Saskatchewan will be the first Canadian province hit by new federal regulations under which all coal-burning power plants over 50 years old must either shut down or be converted to emit 420 tonnes or less CO2 per gigwatt hour by July 2015. Eight additional Canadian plants will be affected by the rule by 2019 and another 16 by 2029, according to data from the Pembina Institute.

Globally, there are 12 large-scale CCS projects in operation and nine under construction. In 2012, Calgary-based TransAlta Corp. abandoned plans to build a $1.4-billion plant despite government backing. Last year, the Alberta government and privately owned Swan Hills Synfuels discontinued their $285-million CCS funding agreement, citing low natural gas prices. Even so, the Canadian government and industry are pushing ahead with two CCS projects in Alberta: the $1.35-billion Quest project backed by Shell Canada Ltd., Chevron Corp and Marathon with heavy funding from Alberta and Ottawa; and a $1.2-billion Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, managed by Enhance Energy Inc. and North West Redwater Partnership also enjoys strong government backing. (Source: Sask Power, TransAlta, Pembina Inst., National Post, Others 14 Feb., 2014) Contact: SaskPower, Robt. Watson, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; TransAlta, Brent Ward Director, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations, (800) 387-3598, (403) 267-2540, investor_relations@transalta.com, www.transalta.com; Pembina Institute, Clare Demerse, Director, www.pembina.org

Tags CCS news,  SaskPower news,  TransAlta news,  Pembina INstitute news,  


Southern Opposes Coal Plant Carbon Capture Proposal (Reg & Leg)
Southern Company,EPA
Date: 2014-02-12
Utility giant Southern Company , which is building the only commercial carbon capture power plant in the U.S. in Kemper, Miss., has come out in firm opposition to a federal draft proposal requiring new coal-fired power plants to capture their carbon emissions.

The company and other industry leaders contend that the EPA has gone too far in its proposed limits on carbon-dioxide emissions from new power plants, according to Businessweek. The company's say the technology isn't commercially available and that no rules are in place to govern its use.

The EPA in September released a draft of the rules that effectively require new coal-fired plants to capture and store a portion of the carbon dioxide they produce. The EPA proposal also sets new natural gas plant emissions standard that are achievable without carbon capture. (Source: Southern Company, Env. Leader, 10 Feb., 2014) Contact: Southern Company, www.southerncompany.com

Tags Coal news,  Coal-fired Power Plant news,  CO2 Emissions news,  Southern Company news,  


EPA CCA Rule Carries High Costs for Coal (Ind. Report)
EPA,Basin Electric, Tri-State Generation and Transmission,Basin Electric
Date: 2014-01-31
In a Jan. 21 teleconference, several electric co-ops told the EPA Science Advisory Board that a viable case cannot be made to require expensive carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology on coal-fired power plants.

Bismarck, N.D.-based Basin Electric told the EPA that it conducted a $6.4 million front-end engineering and design study from 2007 to 2010 with the North Dakota Industrial Commission and the Lignite Research Council to determine the viability of a 120-MW CCS project at the Antelope Valley Station. The plant is near the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, which has captured and stored more than 25 million tons of carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery since 2000. The Basin Electric study concluded that CCS was not economically viable, even with access to a CO2 pipeline and compressor, available shipping capacity and a $100 million grant from the DOE for the project.

The Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in Westminster, Colo., emphasized that CCS technology remains unproven for electric power generation and raised concerns about its costs. According to Tri-State, operating a new CCS equipped power plant would eat up from one-tenth to one-third of a power plant's energy.

The EPA's proposed CO2 standards for new coal-fired power plants are in keeping with the Obama administration's climate change strategy. The agency in June is expected to propose another carbon dioxide rule for the nation’s existing coal fleet. (Source: EPA, ETC Coop, 28 Jan., 2014) Contact: Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc., www.tristategt.org; Basin Electric Cooperative, www.basinelectric.com

Tags CCS news,  Basin Electric news,  


DOE Earmarks $1B for FutureGen 2.0 CCS Project (Funding)
FutureGen 2.0,FurureGen Alliance
Date: 2014-01-27
On Wednesday, Jan 22, the U.S. DOE announced that it has committed to $1 billion over 56 months in cost-shared funding for the proposed, but stalled, stalled FutureGen 2.0 CCS project in Illinois. FutureGen 2.0's estimated total project cost is $1.68 billion. The start-up date is now slated for 2017. The DOE is reportedly backing the project to "demonstrate the commercial feasibility of an advanced coal-based technology that may serve as a cost-effective approach to implementing carbon capture at new and existing power plants."

FutureGen 2.0 would acquire and upgrade one unit of Ameren Energy Resources' Meredosia Energy Center, near Meredosia, Ill. The re-powered 168-MWe unit will include oxycombustion and carbon capture technologies designed to capture at least 90 percent of its CO2 emissions during "steady state" operation. The unit is expected to burn a blended mixture of 60 percent Illinois No. 6 bituminous coal and 40 percent Powder River Basin sub-bituminous coal.

The captured CO2 gas would then be transported via pipeline to wells where it would be injected about 4,000 feet below ground into one of the Illinois Basin's major deep saline formations for permanent storage. The project will be designed to capture, transport, and inject about 1.2 million tpy of CO2.

The FutureGen 2.0 Alliance is a continuation of the original 2003 FutureGen program. The Bush administration abruptly withdrew its support for that project in 2008. (Source: US DOE, 22 Jan., 2014) Contact: FutureGen, Kenneth Humphreys, CEO, (202) 280-6019, www.futuregenalliance.org

Tags FutureGen 2.0 news,  FutureGen news,  CCS news,  


Wyoming Gov. Proposes Carbon Research Facility (Ind. Report)
Governor of Wyoming
Date: 2014-01-27
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is proposing that Wyoming, along with private partners, invest $15 million in a world-class research center at the University of Wyoming. The project would develop and test new uses for carbon captured from coal-based power plants. It would also identify and develop new markets for carbon.

In Wyoming there is a significant demand for CO2 for enhanced oil recovery activities. This test center would be complimentary to enhanced oil recovery technology.

The State has been in talks with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a not-for-profit wholesale power supplier headquartered in Colorado and serving power to Wyoming electric cooperatives, about Tri-State's pursuit of an inducement prize for research on this issue. The test center could be used by Wyoming researchers and competitors seeking the prize. (Source: Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, County 10, 23 Jan., 2014) Contact: Office of the Governor, governor.wy.gov

Tags Carbon news,  Enhanced Oil Recovery news,  Carbon Sequestration news,  


Obama Confesses that His Climate Agenda Won't Deter Global Warming (Ind. Report)
Obama,Climate CHange,Global Warming
Date: 2014-01-27
According to the Daily Caller, President Barack Obama admitted in an interview with The New Yorker that his plan to lower U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by banning new coal plants would do little to curb global warming since developing countries like China and India will still use coal power.

The Obama administration's proposed carbon dioxide emissions limits for new coal plants would effectively ban coal power unless they use commercially unproven carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies . Tighter emission controls for coal plants are part of Obama's plan to fight global warming.

According to The World Resource Institute (WRI), countries like China and India are set to increase their use of coal dramatically. The WRI reports that nearly 1,200 new coal plants totaling over 1.4 million MW of power are on global drawing boards.

The U.S. coal industry, however, says CCS is not yet proven technology as there are no commercial-scale coal plants in the country that uses the technology. In fact, when the EPA wrote its rule limiting coal plant emissions it only cited CCS projects that were government funded and not in operation. (Source: Daily Caller, 23 Jan., 2014)

Tags Carbon Emissions news,  Global Warming news,  Coal news,  


Cancelled Norwegian CCS Project Under Fire (Int'l.)
Mongstad,Aker Solutions
Date: 2014-01-22
In Norway, a parliamentary hearing is investigating the Norwegian government's handling of the abortive Mongstad carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The Mongstad project was axed last year due to $276 million in cost over runs and a litany of seemingly insurmountable technological challenges. At that time, Norway's Auditor General described the CCS project, which was promoted by the previous government, as tantamount to a "moon landing".

Statoil, together with state carbon capture agency Gassnova, led work to prepare the investment basis for the full-scale project and had been due to make a final investment decision in 2016 before the CCS project was axed. (Source: Upstream, 21 Jan., 2014) Contact: CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, Tore Amundsen, Managing Director, +47 900 51 222, http://www.tcmda.com

Tags Mongstad news,  CCS news,  Aker Solutions news,  


Moving toward Sustainability -- Carbon Reduction Technologies in Industry (Technical Insights) -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Research & Markets
Date: 2014-01-15
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Moving toward Sustainability -- Carbon Reduction Technologies in Industry (Technical Insights) report to their offerings.

The objective of this research is to report on the market penetration of carbon reduction technologies, specifically in reducing CO2 emissions in the manufacturing industry, and map their technological development until 2025.

The research scope is focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies applied in industries that will contribute to reducing carbon emission by 2050.

| Briefly, this research service provides:

  • A snapshot of advanced carbon reduction technologies, specifically carbon capture, and their capabilities.
  • Market impact assessment and analysis of key innovations and technology and business accelerators and challenges in the field of carbon reduction technology.
  • An assessment of technology adoption levels by region and by technology and an analysis of end users' expectations of the technologies.
  • An evaluation of emerging opportunities, technology roadmapping and recommendations for technology development and management.
  • Some key patents that provide an insight into notable activities and global participants and a detailed list of contacts in the field, which includes names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail IDs, and Website URLs.

    Key Findings include:

  • Newer technologies have emerged from collaborations between different entities such as universities, governments and private organizations due to the political interest in reducing carbon emissions, which have encouraged new innovations.
  • Although some of the CCS projects are progressing, the pace is too slow to ensure the technologies' contribution in climate change mitigation. There are insufficient policies by the government such as providing incentives for retrofitting existing power generation plants. Without sufficient policies to attract private entities, there are difficulties in creating economic or market conditions aligned with the vision to broaden CCS demonstration and deployment.
  • CCS technology and deployment should be given equal importance as other clean energy technologies such as renewable energy, and in terms of global climate change policy.
  • An emerging trend will be the development of more specialized enzymes and membranes to be utilized for CCS to meet specific and complex needs of the industry such as sequestration of industrial carbon emission and neutralizing CO to create commercial byproducts.
  • Countries in Asia, particularly China, show an increased interest in developing carbon capture resolutions due to the rapid industrialization, which incur high demands of energy that resulted in power plant expansions.

    (Source: Research & Markets, i-connect, 14 Jan., 2014) Contact: Research and Markets, (800) 526-8630, http://www.researchandmarkets.com

    Tags Carbon Emissions news,  Emissions Reduction news,  CCS news,  Research and Markets news,  


  • Va. Gov.-Elect Touts CCS to Boost Coal Industry (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Tech's Center for Coal and Energy Research,CONSOL Energy
    Date: 2014-01-06
    In the Old Dominion State, Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe says he plans to meet with Virginia coal industry leaders to see what his incoming administration can do to help the sluggish industry. According to McAuliffe, cheaper natural gas subsidies have helped in the downturn in coal demand. McAuliffe says that the carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies that are being studied at Virginia Tech University could provide the answer to the falling demand for coal and could help get coal miners back on the job in Southwest Virginia.

    Last year, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced a pilot project to help Virginia Tech researchers and CONSOL Energy study the prospect of storing carbon dioxide in thinner, less valuable coal seams through the capture process. CONSOL will try to sequester as much as 20,000 tons of CO2 that contributes to global warming and CONSOL is donating three coalbed methane wells near Buchanan, Va., for the pilot project. The year-long experiment was scheduled to begin last fall. Michael Karmis of Virginia Tech's Center for Coal and Energy Research in Blacksburg, Virginia, says teams will test both the ability to inject CO2 and whether it can help recover coalbed methane. (Source: Virginia Tech's Center for Coal and Energy Research, tricities.com, 4 Jan., 2014) Contact: Virginia Tech's Center for Coal and Energy Research, vccer@vt.edu, www.energy.vt.edu; Consol Energy, Steve Winberg, GM, R&D,(724) 485-4000, stevewinberg@consolenergy.com, www.consolenergy.com

    Tags CCS news,  CO2 news,  Carbon Capture news,  Coal news,  CONSOL Energy 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,  


    Hoosiers Likely to Oppose CCS Technology (Ind. Report)
    Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
    Date: 2013-12-02
    According to a study from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Hoosiers support underground carbon capture programs, as long as they are in some else's back yard. The reports findings could pose a problem for the state's energy companies that are planning to use CCS to reduce their power plants' carbon emissions.

    In a survey of Indiana residents, SPEA Dean, John Graham and his colleagues found 80 percent of Hoosiers support that technology. But only about 64 percent would support CCS projects being built in their communities. (Source: SPEA, WFIU, NPR, Nov., 29, 2013) Contact: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, John Graham, Dean, http://www.indiana.edu/~spea

    Tags CCS news,  Carbon Capture and Sequestration news,  


    DOE Investing $84Mn in GHG Reduction Projects (Funding)
    US DOE,Greenhouse Gas
    Date: 2013-11-11
    The DOE reports that it will invest $84 million in 18 projects across the U.S. that will help cut the costs associated with carbon capture procedures for new and existing coal-fired power plants.

    The funded projects will research carbon capture techniques for combustion-based power plants and power plants that break down coal into its basic chemical components.

    To date, the Obama administration has funneled $6 billion into clean coal technologies. Aside from the $84 million investment by the DOE for the new projects, additional costs will be covered by the industry, universities and research institutions. (Source: DOE, Various Sources, E2Wire Blog, 7 Nov., 2013)

    Tags Greenhouse Gas news,  GHG 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,  


    Beijing Shougang, LanzaTech JV Wins RSB Certification (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech,Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterial's
    Date: 2013-11-08
    The Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science and Technology joint venture has earned the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterial's (RSB) sustainability certification for a facility which converts waste steel mill gases to sustainable biofuels. RSB claims the facility is the first RSB-certified biofuel plant in China and also the first of its kind anywhere to receive certification for industrial carbon capture and utilisation.

    Using the RSB methodology and assumptions based on commercial production, it is estimated that ethanol from the process may reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent compared to petroleum fuels. In addition, the joint venture partners anticipate that the process will improve local air quality by materially reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions. The technology has the potential of making a significant global impact by reusing up to 150 tpy of CO2 from the global steel industry alone.

    By using a widely available waste resource located in areas typically unsuitable for agriculture, LanzaTech's process reduces overall emissions without negatively impacting the food chain or causing land use changes. (Source: LanzaTech, PR , 5 Nov., 2013) Contact: RSB, Peter Ryus, CE), +41 22 796 4037, http://rsb.org; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, www.lanzatech.com

    Tags LanzaTech news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  CO2 news,  


    DOE Advances FutureGen 2.0 CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    US DOE,FutureGen 2.0
    Date: 2013-11-04
    Futher to our July 20, 2012 coverage, he $1.65 billion FutureGen 2.0 project to capture 90 percent of the carbon emissions at an Illinois power plant appears to have moved closer to construction. On Nov. 1, the U.S DOE's published recommendation found health or environmental ill effects in an environmental impact statement for the FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and sequestration project. The agency's final record of decision could come as early as next month.

    The project, which will pump emissions to a site 30 miles away, will be the first to employ oxy-combustion, which uses purified oxygen to make emissions easier to capture. (Source: FutureGen 2.0, US DOE, Nov 1, 2013) Contact: FutureGen, Kenneth Humphreys, CEO, (202) 280-6019, www.futuregenalliance.org

    Tags CCS news,  FutureGen 2.0 news,  Oxy-Combustion news,  


    Univ. of Utah Supercomputer to Test Oxy-Combustion Tech (R&D)
    Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.
    Date: 2013-11-04
    Researchers at the University of Utah will soon be using the world's largest super computers in a 5 year, $16 million simulation that will test a new type of low-emission coal-fired power plant. The simulation and test is being funded by the U.S. DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration which will also software designed to simulate and predict the performance of a 350-megawatt boiler system capable of electrifying a midsize city.

    The Alstom Corp. designed plant would use oxy-combustion technology in which coal dust is ignited using pure oxygen rather than air. Many experts believe that oxy-combustion is the most cost-effective carbon capture option. The process leaves behind water vapor and pure carbon dioxide, which is easier to capture and store. Several plants are piloting parts of the technology around the world, and a large-scale test project is underway in Illinois, funded by $1 billion in stimulus money, according to the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. (Source: University of Utah, Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Nov., 2013) Contact: Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, +61 3 8620 7359, www.globalccsinstitute.com; University of Utah, (801) 581-7200, www.utah.edu

    Tags Oxy-Combustion news,  Carbon Capture news,   Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. news,  


    NJ Environmental Groups, Officials Back Power Plant Carbon Emissions Standards (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2013-11-04
    Environmental groups and local elected officials in the Garden State have voiced their support for the EPA's proposed carbon emission standards for newly built coal and gas power plants.

    Under the proposal new large natural gas-fired turbines would be required to limit emissions to 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour, while new small natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 a megawatt-hour. The limit for new coal-fired units is set at 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour, in addition to an option of a slightly tighter limit if the plants choose to average emissions over several years, to achieve more operational flexibility.

    The new proposal would require new U.S. coal plants to install carbon Capture technology's reliability is widely disputed. The new standard does not apply to existing power plants. (Source: NJ.com, Nov. 1, 2013)

    Tags Carbon Emissions news,  Emissions Standards news,  EPA news,  


    Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum 5th Ministerial Meeting Set for Washington DC, Nov. 4-7 (Events & Conferences)
    Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
    Date: 2013-10-30
    On November 4 -7, key world energy ministers and industry decision-makers will meet at the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum's (CSLF) 5th Ministerial Meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of carbon capture and storage (CCS)technologies. The meeting will also try to agree on a strategy and action plan for closer collaboration on the commercialization of CCS technology.

    Projects represented at the Ministerial Meeting will include: Southern Company's Kemper Project in the U.S., SaskPower's Boundary Dam Project in Canada, Shell Quest Project in Canada, and Peterhead Project in the UK, Uthmaniyah CO2-EOR Project in Saudi Arabia, Statoil's Sleipner Project in Norway, and the European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants.

    Four roundtables will highlight the Stakeholders Forum: Financial -- Why some projects reach final investment decisions and some do not; Communications -- Communicating the value of carbon capture and storage; Regulatory -- Economic and environmental regulation of capture, transport and storage; Deployment -- Demonstration projects in developing countries.

    For more conference information and registration visit www.cslforum.org (Source: CSLF 29 Oct., 2013)

    Tags CCS news,  Carbon Sequestration news,  Carbon news,  


    Algae.Tec Seals MSW-to-Energy Carbon Capture Deal (Int'l.)
    Algae.Tec,Phoenix Energy Australia
    Date: 2013-10-30
    Australian algae renewable oil specialist Algae.Tec has contracted with Phoenix Energy Australia to provide its proprietary algae-to-biofuels technology for use at proposed waste-to-energy (W2E) facilities in Australia and New Zealand. Algae.Tec's high-yield enclosed algae growth and harvesting system captures CO2 produced by power plants and convert it to algae products, thereby ensuring that the waste to energy plant will be the most environmentally friendly process possible.

    Algae Tec's module design allows it to be easily integrated into W2E plant sites without the need for the large ponds that are required by other algae type applications.

    Phoenix Energy Australia is commercializing the world's leading technology for recovering renewable energy from the combustion of municipal solid waste (MSW). The company is working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environment and Chemical Co and John Holland, and is currently negotiating contracts to build and manage centralized W2E facilities that take waste from Australian municipalities. (Source: Algae.Tec, ASX, 29 Oct., 2013) Contact: Algae.Tec, +61 (08) 9380 6790, www.algaetec.com.au; Phoenix Energy Australia, www.phoenixenergy.com.au

    Tags Algae.Tec news,  Carbon Capture news,  MSW news,  


    SaskPower CEO says ICCS Project on Schedule, $115Mn Over Budget (Ind. Report)
    Saskpower
    Date: 2013-10-21
    On Friday, Calgary, Alberta-based SaskPower CEO Robert Watson reported that the integrated carbon capture and storage (ICCS) demonstration project at Unit 3 in Boundary Dam power station in Estevan is still on track for completion by April 2014, but $115 million over budget. According to Watson, the CCS project -- the world's first commercial scale, post-combustion, carbon capture project at a coal-fired generating station -- top-out at $1.355 billion, rather than the original $1.24 billion projection.

    The carbon capture portion of the project is reportedly on time and on budget while the power plant itself is is said to be "moving along" and will be ready for production in early 2014. Despite the projects cost overruns, it is attracting interest from countries looking to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired generating stations. (Source: SakPower, Star Pheonix, 19 Oct., 2013) Contact: SaskPower, Robt. Watson, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    Tags Saskpower news,  CCS news,  ICCS news,  Carbon news,  


    GCSSI ID's CCS Breakthrough Projects (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute
    Date: 2013-10-16
    The Australia-headquartered Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI) has identified two new power station projects using CCS , or geo-sequestration, technology that it considers to be technological and commercial breakthroughs -- one of them is in Canada and one is in the U.S.

    The two power stations are deploying different technologies: the USA power station, run by Southern Company, is a pre-combustion facility and the Canadian facility, run by SaskPower, is using a post-combustion system. Both systems have been retrofitted to existing power stations. (Source: GCCSI, ABC Perth, 14 Oct., 2013) Contact: GCCSI, Brad Page, CEO +61 2 6162 1928, www.globalccsinstitute.com

    Tags Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute news,  CCS news,  


    CO2 Capture Tech. Testing Continuing in Mongstad (Int'l.)
    CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad
    Date: 2013-10-14
    CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) and Alstom have agreed to extend their cooperation and will continue testing Alstom's proprietary Chilled Ammonia process at the Mongstad site in Norway until autumn, 2014. Alstom's Chilled Ammonia process is seen as a promising carbon capture technology that offers the potential of commercially viable carbon capture and storage (CCS).

    Alstom is presently one of two the key technology partners in the project developed by state-owned CCS enterprise Gassnova, as well as oil giants Shell, Statoil and Sasol.

    The TCM facility, located north of Bergen on the Norwegian west coast, is the world's largest CO2 capture test center investigating high-tech ways of capturing industry generated CO2. The Norwegian Government recently boosted its support for TCM with a $67.7 million investment to bolster carbon capture technology testing over the next four years. (Source: Technology Centre Mongstad, GasWorld, 14 Oct., 2013) Contact: CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, Tore Amundsen, Managing Director, +47 900 51 222, http://www.tcmda.com/en

    Tags O2 Technology Centre Mongstad news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  


    Mantra Completes First Phase of CCU Pilot Plant (Ind. Report)
    Mantra Energy,Lafarge
    Date: 2013-10-09
    Burnaby, B.C.-based Mantra Venture Group Ltd. and its subsidiary, Mantra Energy Alternatives Ltd., have completed the first phase of engineering for its Electro-Reduction of Carbon Dioxide (ERC) pilot plant which will convert waste CO2 into valuable chemicals at the Lafarge cement plant in Richmond, B.C.

    This work has resulted in several process improvements, including the introduction of a product treatment stage that will deliver a highly concentrated liquid product. As this will be capable of reaching the levels at which the products are typically used in industry, Mantra expects to be able to sell product directly out of the pilot plant. Improved process control, instrumentation, and flow scheme will deliver a more robust demonstration and greatly facilitate the commercial scale-up of the process. The second phase of engineering, which will provide a "ready-to-build" plant design, is selated to begin shortly.

    ERC is a form of "carbon capture and utilization" (CCU) that converts the pollutant CO2 into useful, products such as formic acid and formate salts. By utilizing clean electricity, the process offers the potential for an industrial plant to reduce emissions while generating a salable product and a profit. (Source: Mantra Venture Group, Larry Kristof, Pres., John Williams, Investor Relations, (604) 495-1766, www.mantraventuregroup.com; Mantra Energy, (604) 560-1503, info@mantraenergy.com, www.mantraenergy.com; Lafarge Canada, (514) 715-8698, www.lafarge-na.com

    Tags Carbon Capture Utilization news,  Carbon news,  CO2 news,  Carbon Capture news,  Lafarge news,  


    Skyonic Breaks Ground on Cement Plant CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Skyonic
    Date: 2013-10-02
    Skyonic Corp. is set to begin construction this week on the nation's first commercial-scale carbon capture and mineralization plant in San Antonio. The facility, known as the Capitol SkyMine plant, is being built at Capitol Aggregates' cement plant in San Antonio.

    Upon completion in 2014, the facility should capture 300,000 tpy of CO2 and convert it into salable products such as he byproduct of this carbon-capture process is commercial-grade sodium bicarbonate, HCI and bleach. (Source: Skyonic, 30 Sept., 2013) Contact: Skyonic, (512) 436-9276, info@skyonic.com, www.skyonic.com

    Tags Skyonic news,  CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    SaskPower, Chugai Technos Ink CO2 Monitoring Deal (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower,Cenovus Energy,Chugai Technos
    Date: 2013-10-02
    SaskPower has signed an agreement with Japan-based Chugai Technos to monitor ground CO2 levels at the Aquistore demonstration carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Boundary Dam power station near Estevan, Saskatchewan.

    The Canadian federal government, SaskPower and the province of Saskatchewan have invested $1.24 billion to rebuild Boundary Dam power station’s Unit 3 for integration with the newly constructed carbon capture facility. The facility will capture approximately one million tpy of CO2 emissions which will be sold to Calgary-based oil company Cenovus Energy for use in its enhance oil recovery projects. Any surplus tonnage of the captured CO2 will be injected into a saline aquifer near the Boundary Dam power station. In April 2014, SaskPower will begin storing up to 2,000 tpd of liquefied CO2 underground in some of the deepest wells ever drilled in the province.

    Boundary Dam Unit 3 is slated to be fully operational in April 2014 (Source: SaskPower, LeaderPost, 1 Oct., 2013) Contact: SaskPower, Robert Watson, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Cenovus Energy, www.cenovus.com; Chugai Technos, www.chugai-tec.co.jp

    Tags SaskPower news,  CO2 news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Chugai Technos news,  


    NPPD Coal-Fired Plant Testing Carbon Capture System (Ind. Report)
    Nebraska Public Power District
    Date: 2013-09-30
    The U.S. DOE has chosen a Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) coal-fired plant near Sutherland, Nebraska for a 4-year, $19 million project that will test a carbon capture system designed by Ion Engineering of Boulder, Colorado.

    A $15 million federal grant will cover most of the cost while Ion and its partners will pay the balance. NPPD is contributing about $750,000 in in-kind services. (Source: NPPD, WOWT TV, 29 Sept., 2013) Contact: Nebraska Public Power District, Tom Kent, VP, (877) 275-6773, http://www.nppd.com; Ion Engineering, Alfred "Buz" Brown, (303) 578-1165 brown@ion-engineering.com, http://ion-engineering.com

    Tags Carbon Capture news,  Nebraska Public Power District news,  


    Technip, Cansolv to Strengthen Carbon Capture Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Technip,Shell Cansolv
    Date: 2013-09-30
    Technip and Shell Cansolv have signed an agreement to leverage their respective expertise in marketing an end-to-end solution for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) projects. The agreement enables both Technip and Shell Cansolv to offer a full chain of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a post-combustion CO(2) capture project to the power generation industry. The collaboration between two industry leaders will see Shell Cansolv capitalize from Technip's experience in the design, construction, and management of large EPC projects and its commercial global footprint. This new cooperation will also expand Shell Cansolv's international reach by giving the company a platform to offer its CO(2) capture technology in increased scope as well as to new markets.

    Technip is a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. Present in 48 countries, Technip has state-of-the-art industrial assets on all continents and operates a fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction. (Source: Technip, 27 Sept., 2013) Contact: Technip, Investor and Analyst Relations , Kimberly Stewart, +33 (0) 1 47 78 66 74, kstewart@technip.com, www.technip.com ; Shell Cansolv, Philippe Gauthier, Pres., www.cansolv.ca

    Tags Shell Cansolv news,  Technip news,  Carbon Capture news,  Carbon Capture news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Goal Should be for Strong Coal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Coal
    Date: 2013-09-30
    "The U.S. EPA , under the president's directive through his Climate Action Plan, issued a rule on Sept. 20 that will kill the future for coal and raise costs for electricity. The rule limits the release of carbon-dioxide at any new coal power plant. In reality, the rule is a ban on constructing new coal-fired power plants as there is no technology commercially available and capable of meeting the standards set.

    "For those who say use carbon capture and sequestration, there is no full-scale power plant that is currently utilizing this technology. While some are under construction, that doesn't mean it will be successful. Plus the cost of such technology is tremendous.

    "We understand that the climate changes. Temperatures rise and fall over time and even minor changes can have great effects, as evidenced in Greenland. And we owe it to future generations to ensure that our environment is safe and clean. Yet, unilateral, job-killing proposals like this rule, or cap and trade, do nothing more than increase the cost of doing business in America and reduce our competitiveness in the global economy. Even if the United States reduces its carbon emissions, many other nations around the globe will continue to increase their rate of emissions, and the United States will face the harsh economic effects of this rule alone.

    "In fact, carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. actually decreased last year by 3.8 percent. This represents the lowest levels since the mid-1990s. At the same time, carbon dioxide emissions around the world increased last year to the highest levels ever on record. So while we are doing our part, the world is falling behind. This rule will penalize consumers by jeopardizing energy reliability and increasing utility costs to families and businesses across Illinois.

    "What are the real effects of this rule? Forget about new coal-fired power plants being built. Thus, forget about new coal mines being opened. The effects could eventually include the closing of both existing power plants and coal mines, putting thousands of workers out of their jobs, including many right here in Illinois. Additionally, without the reasonably priced base load electricity generated by coal-fired power plants, the president and EPA want us to move toward renewable power. While wind and solar are increasing the amount of electricity they generate, they are reliant on factors that do not permit them to be considered for our base load needs.

    "Luckily, natural gas is booming -- no thanks to the president and EPA. Our efforts in Congress have been to keep the EPA out of regulating fracking. We hope the future remains bright for natural gas, but that doesn't mean we should shove coal aside.

    "What happens when cheaper and more reliable electricity generation is removed from our nation's power fleet? Higher prices and more brownouts. Is that what you want to see happen? We don't. And once they think we've forgotten about this rule, next year comes the whopper: a rule restricting carbon emissions from existing plants, which sets a dangerous path for America, resulting in an over-reliance on a single fuel source for our electricity generation. We promise to continue to fight the implementation of this rule and future anti-coal rules through legislative and funding means to ensure we have a true all-of-the-above national energy policy." -- U.S. Rep. John Shimkus represents the 15th District, sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and is a co-chairman of the Coal Caucus. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis represents the 13th District and is a member of the Coal Caucus. (Source: BND.com, 29 Sept., 2013) Contact: U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, shimkus.house.gov; U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, rodneydavis.house.gov

    Tags Coal news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


    Eco Power Achieves 90% CO2 Capture Rates (New Prod & Tech)
    Eco Power Solutions
    Date: 2013-09-27
    Quincy, Mass.-based air quality control specialist Eco Power Solutions (USA) Corp. reports that capture rates of up to 90 percent are achieved with its patented CO2 capture technology -- MP-AQCS (Multi-Pollutant Air Quality Control System) Reactor Module™.

    EPS' CO2 Capture Module™ can be fitted independently of its multi-pollutant emission control technology for coal, natural gas and other fossil fuel based plants with existing AQCS equipment already installed on a given facility. The patented process is capable of capturing up to 90 percent of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel based plants. The captured CO2, which has a purity of over 90 percent, can be utilized in many CO2 based applications, including Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). (Source: Eco Power Solutions, Ft.Mills Times, 25 Sept., 2013) Contact: Tom Bartolomei, Pres.,CEO,(617) 328-3101, www.ecopowersolutions.com

    Tags Carbon Capture news,  CO2 news,  Enhanced Oil Recovery news,  


    EPA Releases New Carbon Emissions Limits (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2013-09-25
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced sweeping new regulation that would cap the amount of carbon pollution newly built power plants would be allowed to produce.

    The new regulation requires that new large natural gas power plants would be limited to producing 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour, while new coal power plants would need to limit CO2 production to 1,100 pounds per megawatt-hour. The regulation would only be applicable to newly built gas and coal power plants and would make use of recently developed and largely untested carbon capture and storage technologies that dispose of carbon by burying it deep underground. As of yet there are no power plants in operation that make use of carbon capture and storage technologies, though one is currently being built in Mississippi. The EPA hopes that the new requirements will spur the adoption of these and other new carbon disposal technologies.

    The strongest voices against the new laws are those in the coal industry, who argue that increased building costs will make them even less competitive in the face of alternative energy sources like gas and wind. In a statement to USA Today, Jeffrey Holmstead, coal lobbyist and partner at Bracewell & Giuliani law said, "CCS has not been adequately demonstrated, it's not met the standard EPA has used for the last 40 years" that requires new technology also be cost-effective.

    Proponents of the changes say they are essential to the reduction of air pollution and will lay the groundwork for a more aggressive overhaul of emissions standards aimed at reducing carbon pollution for existing power plants, which are expected before the end of President Obama's second term. (Source: EPA, Inside Council, 23 Sept., 2013)

    Tags CCS news,  Greenhouse Gas news,  


    EPA Power Plant Rules Summarized (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2013-09-25
    On September 20, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revised regulations to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, sparking concerns over the future of coal-fired power generation in the United States.

    The new proposal replaces draft rules issued in April 2012, which combined natural gas plants and coal plants under the same standard and raised questions about EPA's legal authority. The revised draft establishes separate regulatory treatment for gas-fired and coal-fired plants, but requires new coal facilities to include carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. The following briefly summarizes the key components of the proposed regulations:

  • All new power plants built in the U.S. must comply with federal limitations on the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere.
  • Large natural gas-fired plants must reduce carbon emissions to 1000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour (mWh), a standard that most gas plants easily meet. Smaller gas generation units must meet a standard of 1,000 pounds of Co2/mWh.
  • Coal-fired plants must meet a standard of 1,100 pounds of CO2/mWh
  • "New" is defined as any plant that begins construction after the publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register. The rule is expected to be officially published in the coming days.
  • Coal-fired power plants must include a CCS system. EPA states that because industrial facilities have been capturing some carbon for enhanced oil recovery for years, CCS should be considered a feasible technology.
  • The rule does not apply to any power plants in construction now, nor does it apply to plants undergoing modifications or reconstruction.

    EPA says the impact of the rule will be "negligible," based on its belief that few coal-fired power plants will be built in the foreseeable future, regardless of the carbon regulations.

    EPA plans to finalize these rules in "a timely manner". EPA further plans to issue rules for carbon controls at existing power plants in June 2014 and finalize those rules by June 2015. The proposal is now open for a 60-day comment period. Comments can be filed electronically at regulations.gov, or by mail. More details, as well as details on upcoming public hearings in Washington DC, can be found HERE. (Source: EPA, Montana Energy Review, 24 Sept., 2013)

    Tags CCS news,  GHG news,  


  • Norwegians Cut-and-Run on Mongstad CCS Project (Int'l)
    Mongstad CCS
    Date: 2013-09-23
    On Friday, the lame-duck Norwegian government announced that it was dropping its oft-touted 2007 CCS plan due, in part, to numerous delays and cost overruns. The plan was to capture and store CO2 emissions from the Mongstad oil refinery in western Norway and its adjoining gas plant as of 2014.

    The CCS project's escalating costs have led to the Norwegian Office of the Auditor General's criticism of the government for its inability to keep the cost of CCS project in check. The escalating costs have caused the project to be delayed until 2020. The government spent €924 million on the now aborted Mongstad CCS project between between 2007 and 2012. Source: Gov't of Norway, Various Other Sources, PhysOrg., 20 Sept., 2013)

    Tags CCS news,  Mongstad CCS news,  Carbon Capture news,  


    Algae Biomass Org. Touts Carbon Capture & Reuse (Ind. Report)
    Algae Biomass Organization,Bioresource Technology
    Date: 2013-09-23
    The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is calling on the EPA to include Carbon Capture and Reuse (CCR) as an approved strategy for compliance under its New Source Performance Standard, a draft version of which was released today. The EPA's draft, which places a heavy emphasis on geologic carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) as a viable method for power plants to reduce their emissions, comes just as commercial technologies developed by the algae industry are making it possible to use those same emissions for the manufacture of valuable, low-carbon products that can make emissions reduction a revenue generator rather than a waste disposal cost.

    Experts predict CCS methods could cost power plants as much at $60 per tonne of CO2 to bury the emissions. Conversely, when algae companies use CO2 emissions as an input, those emissions are no longer waste -- they have a value. As such, algae reuse technologies offer a return on investment that will enable coal plants to meet emissions reductions targets and create a revenue stream in the process.

    Algae's carbon reduction potential has already been demonstrated by research and in real-world production. A recent life cycle analysis published in Bioresource Technology showed algae-derived gasoline reduced greenhouse gas emissions 68 percent over petroleum. The same analysis showed the energy returns of algae-derive biofuels are approaching those of petroleum. A previous LCA of biodiesel made from algae showed a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. (Source: Algae Biomass Organization, 20 Sept., 2013) Contact: ABO, www.algaebiomass.org; Bioresource Technology, www.journals.elsevier.com/bioresource-technology

    Tags Algae Biomass Organization. Algae news,  Bioresource Technology news,  


    ETI Issue Carbon Capture Solutions RFP (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Energy Technologies Institute
    Date: 2013-09-18
    In the UK, the public-private Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is asking businesses to submit ideas on lowering the costs of capturing carbon emissions from gas-fired power stations as part of a multi-million pound project that would see the technology installed on a 5MW plant. ETI has teamed up with Inventys Thermal Technologies, Howden Group, and Doosan Power Systems for the project which aims to build a demonstration plant capable of capturing up to 95 percent of carbon dioxide emissions.

    The request for proposals issued by the ETI yesterday is looking for responses from organizations with potentially breakthrough technologies that are sufficiently developed to move directly into the detailed design, construction and testing of the facility and could be ready to deploy cost-effectively during the 2020s and early 2030s. ETI is prepared to invest as much as £20 million in the project. (Source: Energy Technologies Institute , Business Green, Sept. 17, 2013) Contact: Energy Technologies Institute Andrew Green, CCS programme manager, +44 (0) 1509 202020, www.eti.co.uk

    Tags Carbon Capture news,  Energy Technologies Institute news,  


    Coal Industry Awaits EPA's Latest Power Plant Rules (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2013-09-16
    By the end of this week, the U.S. EPA is expected to impose new rules and limits governing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, according to media reports. The expected new CO2 emissions limits would effectively put the kybosh on future coal-fired power plant construction.

    In West Virginia, where coal was once king, politicos rave that the new rules support their contention that the Obama administration has declared a "national war on coal." U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin vowed to lead the battle against regulations which he calls a "government overreach." Others see any new rules as a push by the EPA to move along the development of carbon capture and CCS technology. (Source: EPA, Chron, 15 Sept., 2013)

    Tags Carbon Capture news,  


    ETI Offers €20Mn to Develop Gas Plant CCS (Int'l, Funding)
    Energy Technologies Institute
    Date: 2013-09-16
    In the UK, the Energy Technologies Institute is offering up to £20 million for detailed design, construction and testing of a UK-based 5MW carbon capture demonstration plant. This effort follows initial work led by Inventys Thermal Technologies last year.

    To date, CCS development has largely concentrated on more polluting coal-fired power stations. However, with the UK expected to have 30GW of gas power capacity by 2020, some will need to be retrofitted with CCS technology to meet carbon reduction targets. So said Andrew Green, ETI programme manager for CCS, adding: "Newly developed technology which reduces costs and accelerates deployment by 2030 is therefore critical." One of two projects in the government's £1 billion CCS commercial scale demonstration competition is at SSE's gas-fired Peterhead plant in Aberdeenshire. (Source: Energy Technologies Institute, Utility Week, 16 Sept., 2013) Energy Technologies Institute, Andrew Green, CCS programme manager, +44 (0) 1509 202020, www.eti.co.uk

    Tags Energy Technologies Institute news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  


    Ferrybridge Carbon Capture Project Uses Spirax Sarco Heat Exchanger (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    SSE Plc, Doosan Power Systems
    Date: 2013-09-13
    In the UK, the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Ferrybridge coal-fired power station, in Yorkshire, has taken delivery of a steam-driven heat exchange system from Spirax Sarco. The steam system is used to re-boil and regenerate the CO2 saturated solvent for reuse by stripping the carbon dioxide out under controlled high-temperature and pressure conditions.

    The Ferrybridge project is to demonstrate the "capture" part of the CCS process at a much larger scale than previous pilot schemes, using an amine-based solvent to absorb up to 100 tpd of CO2.

    Ferrybridge power station is operated by SSE plc, which has worked with partners Doosan Power Systems and Vattenfall R&D to build the carbon capture pilot plant. (Source: Spirax Sarco, Plant Engineer, 10 Sept. 2013) (Contact: Spirax Sarco, www.spiraxsarco.com; Doosan Power Systems, Jean-Michel Aubertin, CEO, + 44 (0) 1293 612888, www.doosanpowersystems.com; SSE Plc. http://www.sse.com

    Tags CCS news,  Carbon Capture news,  SSE Plc news,  Doosan Power Systems news,  


    Notable Quote
    CCS,Renewable Energy
    Date: 2013-09-09
    "The EU must drop its 'slavish and counter-productive obsession' with renewable energy targets and embrace alternative low carbon solutions such as carbon capture and storage (CCS)." -- Vicky Ford, British MEP , 5 Sept., 2013)

    Tags Renewable Energy news,  CCS news,  


    CO2 Solutions Completes Carbon Capture Milestone (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions Inc.
    Date: 2013-08-30
    Quebec City-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. has met and exceeded the first two technical performance milestones for its Alberta Oil Sands carbon capture project.

    The Company demonstrated that its patented carbon capture technology is at least one-third less expensive than existing carbon capture technology in terms of energy consumption, and can withstand the rigors of industrial application.

    The project will now advance to the large-bench scale (0.5 tonne/day CO2 capture) testing phase for the remainder of 2013 where the same performance metrics will be validated under flue gas conditions. Following successful large-bench validation and, according to the current schedule, the project will move to field pilot-scale (approximately 15 t/d CO2 capture) testing in 2014.

    CO2 Solutions' enzymatic technology yielded an energy cost reduction of at least 33 per cent compared to existing carbon capture technologies when employed to capture 90 percent of the CO2 emissions from natural gas combustion at a typical in-situ oil sands operation. Importantly, the 33 percent cost reduction was achieved without any process optimization, and further savings are expected to be achieved upon optimization and operational integration in later development phases. The project target was to demonstrate a cost reduction of 25 percent relative to existing carbon capture technologies. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Inc., PR, 29 Aug., 2013) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Catherine Constantine, (418) 842-3456, catherine.constantine@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

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    National Grid Completes Test Drilling at Carbon Storage Site (Int'l)
    National Grid UK
    Date: 2013-08-12
    UK energy giant National Grid says it has completed test drilling of a CO2 storage site in the North Sea, and describes it as a milestone for carbon capture and storage (CCS). The firm claims that early indications are that the undersea site, 40 miles off the Yorkshire coast, is viable for storing CO2 and could hold as much as 200 million tonnes.

    The site is close to a number of power stations, oil refineries and industrial plants in the Humber region, which create about a tenth of the UK's CO2 emissions. (Source: National Grid, Journal, 8 Aug., 2013) Contact: National Grid, Peter Boreham, Director of European business development, www.nationalgrid.com/uk

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    Moniz says Natural Gas has Role in U.S. Meeting 2020 Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
    DOE
    Date: 2013-08-07
    In a recent statement, U.S. Secreatry of Energy Ernest Moniz said the US is on track to meet its greenhouse gas reduction target of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. But, Moniz added, if the U.S. going to get down to really low carbon emissions, natural gas, like coal, would need to implement carbon capture technology.

    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel in the US energy mix. Moniz said that the Obama administration is evaluating natural gas export proposals and that while the DOE has approved two applications to export natural gas to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the US, 15 other applications to export up to 29 billion ft3 of natural gas to non-free trade partners are awaiting DOE approval. (Source: Various Sources, Energy Global, Aug. 5, 2013) Contact U.S. DOE, Sec. Ernst Moniz, (202) 586-5000, The.Secretary@hq.doe.gov, www.doe.gov

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