The NDP says it has obtained a report that claims CVI used assets paid for with public money to do work for other, private sector clients.
The Federal government says the report sparked a forensic audit into the issue and that the report
found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. (Source: CBC News, 24 April, 2013) Contact: IPAC-CO2, www.ipac-co2.com; Climate Ventures Inc., (866) 569-0222, [email protected], www.climateventuresinc.com
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According to Edinburgh University's Neil Burnside, "Studying an ancient natural CO2 reservoir has given us enormous insight into how man-made storage sites could behave in the long term. This work further highlights well-bore leakage as the largest risk to geological storage projects."
Scotland hopes to be at the forefront of carbon capture with proposals to use emptied oil wells to store CO2 generated by power stations.
(Source: Herald Scotland, 15 April, 2013)
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The update found that there are insufficient studies on the costs of industrial CCS, so cost estimates are highly uncertain, with the most expensive capture plants estimates ranging from £30 to £330/tCO2, and that the costs vary significantly by location, due to transport distances and ability to share transport and storage with other users, and by site due to issues such as availability of waste heat to use in the capture process.
Access full review at www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/175504/bis-13-745-the-costs-of-carbon-capture-and-storage-for-uk-industry-a-high-level-review.pdf (Source: Gov't. UK, March 28, 2013) Contact: Gov't UK, www.gov.uk
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The UK government is hoping to implement CSS technology, but the industry is still in its infancy and CCS efforts are currently on hold. Even so, government support is also a critical factor in full implementation.
Other countries besides the UK are evaluating fracking. Shale gas is prevalent in Poland, Australia, and China. Saudi Arabia also wants to explore the possibility of fracking and plans to drill test wells for shale gas. (Source: The Green Optimistic, BLOG, Leigh Kim, 27 Mar., 2013)
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A draft copy of the Commission plan reportedly shows that the EU has considered requiring carbon intensive businesses or fossil fuels suppliers to purchase CCS certificates to match their emissions. The draft also supposedly proposes a mandatory emissions performance standard for all new investments, limiting a fixed amount of emissions per unit.
The EU's CCS communication will be unveiled alongside a paper on post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets, a consultation on a new international climate deal and a progress report on renewable energy. Draft copies of the post-2020 paper set out proposals for a new carbon target requiring a 40 percent reduction in emissions against a 1990 baseline and plans for a 30 percent target for renewables by 2030.
The CCS industry received a major setback in 2012 when no projects won a share of the NER300, an EU fund to stimulate CCS and renewables, after member states failed to provide the required financial guarantees.(Source: European Commission, EuroActiv, 26 Mar. 2013)
Contact: European Commission, ec.europa.eu
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The project research was funded by the U.S. DOE and the Ohio Department of Development.
(Source: American Chemical Society 20 March, 2013)
Contact: American Chemical Society, (202) 872-4600, www.acs.org
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SIFSIX-1-Cu is an adaptation of a material created more than 15 years ago and is named after the chemical component that leads to the special properties; its chemical name is hexafluorosilicate. SIFSIX materials are built with a mix of inorganic and organic chemical building blocks from a class of materials known as metal organic materials.
The materials effectiveness in the presence of water vapour offers advantages over other methods, where water vapour normally interferes with CO2 capture and contributes to the cleaning process in clean-coal plants consuming around 20 to 30 percent of the plants' power output.
According to the research team, the new material has the potential to improve the efficiency of the cleaning process and allow more power to be put into the grid.
The team is hoping to collaborate with engineers to determine how the material can be manufactured and implemented for real world uses. (Source: University of South Florida,eureka, 13 Mar., 2013)
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Air Liquide, which has more than 140 industrial gas plants worldwide, expects the plant to be operational by the end of 2013.
The company recently announced the expansion of its carbon dioxide plant in Wilmington in Southern California. (Source: Air Liquide, TBJNow, Mar. 14, 2013) Contact: Calgren, Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, [email protected], http://www.calgren.com; Air Liquide, www.airliquide.com
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According to Maroto-Valer, this novel process could unlock a significant source of carbon-neutral fuel. Existing photo-catalytic reduction processes do not produce enough fuel to make them financially viable, but if they can make the process successful on a commercial scale the scientists estimate the process could offset up to 700 million tpy of CO2. The project will involve developing new, highly efficient photo-reactors, with conversion rates that can be scaled-up to a commercial process.
The project received £1.2 million in grant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). (Source: E&T Mag., 7 March., 2013) Contact: Center for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), University of Edinburgh, www.eps.hw.ac.uk
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B&W's complete scope of work for FutureGen 2.0 includes the design of the near-zero emissions plant's oxy-coal combustion system, air quality control systems, boiler, steel and other control systems. B&W and the FutureGen Industrial Alliance will begin project Phase II-A for the 167 MW (gross) power plant in Meredosia, Ill. During this time, B&W and the Alliance will continue to negotiate additional contracts to proceed with full front-end engineering and design work.
The FutureGen 2.0 project aims to upgrade an existing power plant located in Meredosia with B&W's oxy-coal combustion process to separate and capture more than 90 percent of the CO2 generated during the combustion process. Oxy-coal combustion uses oxygen mixed with recycled flue gas to replace the normal combustion air in a coal-fired boiler. As coal is burned, the resulting flue gas consists primarily of CO2, which is well-suited for compression and storage. (Source : Babcock & Wilcox, PR, Financial Post, Mar. 7, 2013) Contact: Babcock & Wilcox, Ryan Cornell, (330) 860-1345, [email protected], www.babcock.com; FutureGen Industrial Alliance, www.futuregenalliance.org
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The international group of scientists has identified a previously underused material -- known as SIFSIX-1-Cu -- that offers a highly efficient mechanism for capturing CO2. The material is reported to be highly-effective at carbon capture even in the presence of water vapor, a standard that other materials have not been able to meet. This makes it a promising candidate for real-world applications. The discovery addresses one the biggest challenges of capturing CO2 before it enters the atmosphere: energy costs associated with the separation and purification of industrial commodities currently consumes around 15 percent of global energy production. The demand for such commodities is projected to triple by 2050, the researchers note.
The USF-KAUST group believes the material has three potentially significant applications: carbon-capture for coal-burning energy plants; purification of methane in natural gas wells; and the advancement of clean-coal technology. Some 20 to 30 percent of the power output at a clean-coal plant is consumed by cleaning process. The new material could make those plants more efficient and put more power into the grid, the scientists predict.
The USF-KAUST team plans to collaborate with engineers to determine how the materials can be manufactured and implemented for real-world uses.
(Source: Eurekalert, Green Building Elements, Mar. 6, 2013) Contact: KAUST: www.kaust.edu.sa
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The project was intended to convert underground coal into synthetic gas while capturing the carbon dioxide produced in the process. The CO2 would have sold to the the expansive Alberta oil industry for use in enhanced oil recovery operations. The falling price and ready availablity of natural gas has made Swan Hill's syn-gas uncompetitive, the company said.
Swan Hills in central Alberta was one of four CCS projects the provincial government had agreed to fund with $2 billion in financing. The projects aimed to offset emissions from Alberta's fossil fuel industry, including coal, gas and vast oil sands. The province imposes a levy of $15 per metric ton of CO2 on large emitters that exceed individual targets. The proceeds are added to the province's research and innovation fund.
Alberta's carbon capture target for the four projects was pegged at five million tpy by 2016. Now The target is now closer to 2.6 million tpy through two remaining projects: the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line and Shell Quest. (Source: Province of Alberts, Swan Hills Synfuels, Others, Feb. 26, 2013) Contact: Swan Hills Synfuels, (403) 648-1160, http://swanhills-synfuels.com
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Air Products is building a system to concentrate CO2 from two steam methane reformer (SMR) hydrogen production plants located in Port Arthur, Texas. The two plants are being retrofitted with vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) technology to separate CO2 from the gas streams coming out of the SMRs. After capture the CO2 will be concentrated to 97 percent purity and shipped to the West Hasting oil and gas fields in Texas for enhance oil recovery operations.
In January 2013, the DOE pronounced Air Products Port Arthur project to be operational and declared the project a success. According to Air Products, as much as 90 percent of the CO2 can be removed from the gas stream and apparently in the initial weeks of operation the yield reached as much as 97 percent.
The Port Arthur project had a $430.0 million price tag, for which the company received $284.0 million in ARRA grant funds. Air Products estimates that approximately 1.0 million metric tons of CO2 will get removed from the atmosphere and an incremental 1.6 million barrels of oil will result from the injection and storage stage. (Source: Air Products, AltEnerg Stocks, 23 Feb., 2013) Contact: Air Products, (610) 481-4911, www.airproducts.com
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Studies have shown that rising Arctic temperatures are causing ice and organic matter-rich permafrost to melt and expose new layers of soil to the sun, increasing bacterial conversion of organic matter into CO2 gas by 40 percent compared with carbon that remains frozen and unexposed to sunlight. The study found that when ultraviolet rays in sunlight break down carbon and make it more suitable for microbial consumption and, at the same time, stimulate soil-dwelling bacteria which turn organic matter into CO2 at an accelerated rate.
The researchers findings suggest that thawing Arctic soils could function as a "positive feedback" that amplifies climate change, whereby warming soils release more carbon dioxide that helps drive up temperatures, melting even more soil. (Source: Douglas Main, Mother Nature Network, Feb. 11, 2013)
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TCM uses Aspen Plus® software and Aspen InfoPlus.21® software for planning, follow-up and verification of test programs and results. TCM's use of the Aspen Plus and Aspen IP.21 product families shows that process manufacturers can reduce carbon emissions more economically, resulting in lower plant operating costs and reduced environmental impact. TCM is owned by the Norwegian Government and leading global energy companies.
TCM's goals are to: test, verify and demonstrate CO2 capture technology owned and marketed by vendors;) reduce costs, technical, environmental and financial risks; encourage the development of the market for CO2 capture technology, and; aim at international deployment.
AspenONE software enables process industry companies to optimize their engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations. As a result, the world's leading manufacturers are better able to increase capacity, improve margins, reduce costs and become more energy efficient. (Source: Aspen Technology Inc., 11 Feb., 2013) Contact: AspenTech, (781) 221-8385, www.aspentech.com; Technology Center Mongstad, www.tcmda.com
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Under the plan, Consol Energy will donate the use of three coalbed methane wells in the pilot project to be conducted by Virginia Tech's Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering section of the College of Engineering. 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be pumped into underlying coal seams during a one-year period begining this fall. The test builds on the recently completed 1,000-ton injection test that took place in neighboring Russell County in 2009. It is expected that the coal seam will absorb the carbon dioxide and potentially release even more methane for collection and use, as occurred in the smaller scale test in Russell County.
(Source: Virginia Tech, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 10 Feb., 2013) Contact: Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, www.energy.vt.edu; Consol Energy, Steve Winberg, GM, R&D,(724) 485-4000, [email protected], www.consolenergy.com
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Presently, both Summit and Linde are developing power projects with CO2 capture capabilities where the CO2 can be either geologically sequestered in depleted gas fields and deep saline formations, or injected into depleting oilfields.
Summit is developing two major coal gasification projects that will capture 90 percent of the CO2 they produce -- the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) in the U.S. and the Captain Clean Energy Project (CCEP) in the U.K.
The companies have identified several suitable U.S. locations where the ultra-low carbon electric power can be sold to utilities and large consumers, and suitable geological sequestration sites are available.
An announcement of the first project is expected soon. (Source: Summit Power, Linde, Electric Light & Power, 7 Feb., 2013) Contact: Linde North America, (800) 232-4726, www.linde.com; Summit Power, Tom Cameron, Senior VP Project Development, (509) 448-7589, www.summitpower.com
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The key aims of the CCS Test Centre Network are to share knowledge of technological developments, construction and operational experience, establish performance indicators, and promote technology standardization. In effect, the network will help establish a level playing field that will help technology vendors reduce costs and the technical, environmental and financial risks associated with CCS.
The center is comprised of two CO2 capture plants each with a capacity to capture approximately 80,000 tons of CO2 from the nearby refinery or 20,000 tons from a gas fired power plant. In addition the center has available space and infrastructure to sustain more technologies to be tested in the future.
The Test Center Network's founding members include; CO2 Technology Center Mongstad (Norway); National Carbon Capture Center (Alabama, US); Southern Company's 25 megawatt CCS demonstration facility (Alabama, US); J-Power (Japan); ENEL Engineering and Research (IT); E.ON (Germany) and DOOSAN Power (UK).
The Network is open for further large CCS test centers and therefore publicly invites them to join.
(Source: Technology Centre Mongstad, Jan. 31, 2013) Contact: CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, Tore Amundsen, Managing Director, +47 900 51 222, http://www.tcmda.com/en
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Swiss Re says annual losses across these technologies were about $19.5 billion in 2010 and about $900 million was attributable to renewable energy -- a figure that is expected to increase by 2050.
Engineering risks affecting the energy sector and included in the SCC analysis include property, liability and business interruption. "In insurance terms, these risks translate into a potential economic loss of assets, such as physical damage to property caused by natural or man-made catastrophes, liabilities for negligent acts, missed profits due to production downtimes or damage incurred by society at large," according to the report. Annual losses in 2030, depending on scenario, could be $25.6 billion and increase to $41.7 billion by 2050 in the "greenest" scenario examined in the SCC. "Much of this increase is due to higher investments in newer and less mature technologies, including renewables," according to the report. However, Swiss re noted the risks "are relatively small" compared to the total investment forecast in green energy of up to US$3.1 trillion.
Access the full report at http://media.swissre.com/documents/Scenarios_for_Climate_Change.pdf (Source: Canadian Underwriter.ca, 23 Jan., 2013)
For this project, CO2 removal equipment was retrofitted to the steam methane reformers, which produce hydrogen to help make cleaner transportation fuel. Air Products plans to add more carbon capture equipment in a second phase of the project. The project will capture approximately one million tons of CO2 annually. The carbon will be used in an enhanced oil recovery project in Texas.
Air Products specializes in atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases.
(Source:Air Products, FuelFix, 29 Jan., 2013) Contact: Valero, ww.valero.com; Air Products, (610) 481-0700, www.airproducts.com
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Air Products designed, built, and is now operating Phase One of a state-of-the-art system to capture CO2 from one of its steam methane reformers (SMR) located within the Valero Port Arthur Refinery. The CO2 removal technology has been retrofitted to the SMR, which produces hydrogen to assist in the making of cleaner burning transportation fuels by refinery customers on Air Products' Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network. Phase Two, involving a second Air Products' SMR at the site, is to be onstream in April 2013.
The DOE funded 66 percent of over $400 million project. In June 2010, Air Products was selected to receive $253 million in funding from DOE through the National Energy Technology Laboratory under the ICCS Program, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The company later received an additional $30 million from DOE through the ARRA for final engineering, design, construction, and project operation through September 2015.
Air Products' project was the only industrial gas company-led undertaking selected by DOE, and one of only three projects receiving additional funding towards a commercial demonstration project. (Source: air Products, PR, Jan. 28, 2013) Contact: Air Products, www.airproducts.com
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The atlas is working to survey the storage capacity of the country's entire continental shelf as part of the climate-focused government's carbon capture and storage effort to curb CO2 emissions.
Around 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from the Sleipner field have been stored annually in the Utsira formation, while the Snohvit gas field in the Barents is also being used for storage of large volumes, according to the ministry. To date there have been
no signs of leakage.
The Norwegian government is looking at possible storage sites in geological aquifers as well as abandoned oil and gas fields, along with those expected to be shut down over the next few decades. (Source: Upstream, Jan., 25, 2013) Contact: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, http://www.npd.no/en
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The government investment was made through Ottawa's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative. Additional grant funding will come from Alberta's Climate Change and Emissions Corp., the company and its partners.
(Source: CO2 Solutions, Times Colonist, Jan., 24, 2013)
Contact: CO2 Solutions Inc., Glenn Kelly, CEO, (418) 842-3456, www.co2solutions.com
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RWE will be working with the UK's Environment Agency to track the impact of the carbon capture process on the power station's immediate surroundings.
Britain last year shortlisted four projects with full-scale carbon capture technology which also bury the carbon retrieved for a £1billion funding competition. (Source: RWE, Reuters UK, Jan. 17, 2013)
Contact: Stephanie Schunck, RWE AG, +49 (0) 201 122-2088, www.rwe.com; Cansolv Technologies, (514) 382-4411, [email protected], www.cansolv.com
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The research team will use an existing demonstration scale coal gasifier at the DOE's National Carbon Capture Center -- an air-blown transport gasifier operated by Southern Company Services -- as the source of both coal and coal-biomass derived synthetic gas. (Source: EPA, Fierce Energy, Jan. 8, 2013) Contact: SRI, Dr. Santosh K. Gangwal, (205) 581-2000, www.southernresearch.org; Southern Company, www.southerncompany.com
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Working with Edinburgh University the firm will investigate the use of cheaper absorber columns for use in post-combustion carbon capture in coal and gas power plants, as well as consider an improved oxyfuel capture technology with the both universities.
Costain is currently developing next generation carbon capture technology with the Energy Technologies Institute. The project is expected to improve efficiencies and reduce cost for power generation in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle power plants while delivering a carbon capture rate of 95%.(Source: Costain, New Civil Engineer, Jan. 8, 2013) Contact: Costain Group, +44 (0) 1628 84 2444, www.costain.com; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
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The technology removes nitrogen, which accounts for about 80 percent of the air, from the equation, so the coal is only fired with oxygen. As a result, waste gases produced after the coal burning are mostly CO2, which is then liquefied by cooling and stored deep underground. This method is easier and safer than other carbon capture methods, according to sources involved in the Callide Oxyfuel Project. The oxyfuel test project will cost $241 million (AUS) Australian dollars ($253 million). The Australian government's Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund will provide $50 million and the Japanese government $17.5 million. Private sector participants include Australia's CS Energy and trader Mitsui & Co.
The biggest hurdle for the commercialization of the technology is how to reduce costs involved. Under the Callide Oxyfuel Project, carbon dioxide recovery costs are estimated at about ¥2,000 per ton and costs for its transportation and storage at ¥3,000.
Meanwhile, the Australian government introduced a carbon dioxide tax this year, imposing AU$23, or about ¥2,000, per ton. (Source: Japan Times, Dec. 20, 2012)
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The European Commission confirms that no carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects received funding, however, saying most had not been confirmed by member states.
The NER300 pot, from the sale of 300 million emission allowances in the new entrants reserve (NER) of the EU Emissions Trading System, will provide up to half the "relevant costs" of each project. Relevant cost is defined as the costs over and above proven technologies. (Source: EU, Utility Week, Dec. 18, 2012)
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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
The facility is backed by the Commonwealth of Australia, Queensland and Japanese governments and was built by Japanese firms IHI Corporation, J-Power and Mitsui, as well as Xstrata Coal and Schlumberger Limited.
(Source: ABC, Dec.14, 2012) Contact: CS Energy, www.csenergy.com.au; Xstarta Coal, +61 2 9253-6700, www.xstrata.com;
Schlumberger Carbon Services, (281) 285-1300, www.slb.com
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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
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In July, Akermin signed an agreement to install and operate a pilot plant at the National Carbon Capture Center as part of a two-year project partially funded by a DOE grant. The pilot plant aims to demonstrate the efficiency of Akermin's CO2 capture technology.
Akermin is developing the most energy-efficient and cost-effective system for carbon dioxide (CO2) management. The company's technology uses nature's perfect catalyst, the enzyme carbonic anhydrase, to enable the use of carbonate chemistry to develop economically-advantageous and environmentally-friendly CO2 solutions for multiple industrial applications. Akermin uses a multi-discipline approach to efficiently integrate a biocatalyst within a proprietary delivery system that can be readily incorporated into a traditional chemical absorption process. The company's proprietary biocatalyst delivery system solves the issue of enabling the enzyme to effectively work as a biocatalyst for extended periods in harsh industrial environments.
Akermin is currently transitioning from laboratory research to field demonstrations and establishing industrial partnerships for commercial delivery. Initial commercial sales are expected in 2014 using a license and consumables business model that shares capital investment with well-capitalized owners and operators, equipment manufacturers and engineering firms. The company is targeting multi-billion dollar industrial CO2 applications including natural gas, fertilizer, gasification, industrial hydrogen, oil sands and power plants. (Source: Akermin, St. Louis Journal, Nov. 26, 2012)
Contact: Barry Blackwell, Akermin, (314) 824-1950, [email protected], www.akermin.com; CFD Research, (256) 726-4800, www.cfdrc.com; National Carbon Capture Center, www.nationalcarboncapturecenter.com
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The report, the first to confirm CCS commercial viability, found coal and gas-fired power plants fitted with the technology could generate electricity at £88 to £106 per megawatt hour by 2020. This compares to £92 - £103 for onshore wind, £139 for offshore wind, £85 for nuclear and £116 - £122 for biomass. (Source: The Independent, 20 Nov., 2012)
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CCUS involves separating CO2 from the emissions produced by power plants and other industrial processes and putting it to beneficial use or permanently storing it in geologic formations. The two processes may even be combined, as in Enhanced Oil Recovery.
The three DOE projects, which are managed by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, include the large-scale CCUS demonstration project Illinois Basin Decatur Project in Illinois, an Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. CCUS project in Allentown, Pe., and the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Project, also in Decatur.
The CSLF is an international climate change initiative focused on the development of technologies to cost-effectively capture, utilize, and store CO2. Member countries include the U.S, the European Union, and 23 other countries that together account for 75 percent of all global anthropogenic CO2 emissions and aim to collaborate on mitigation efforts (Source: US DOE, 8 Nov., 2012)
Contact: US DOE,
Jenny Hakun, FE Office of Communications, (202) 586-5616, [email protected], www.hq.doe.gov; Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum , www.cslforum.org
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Captain CEP's 90+ percent carbon capture rate will allow electric power to be generated with less than 10 percent of the CO2 emissions of a conventional coal-burning power plant, and about 25 percent of the CO2 emissions of a high efficiency natural gas-fired power plant.
Summit is a U.S.-based developer of wind, solar, and carbon capture power plants, including another proposed coal gasification power project with 90+ percent carbon capture known as the Texas Clean Energy Project, which has won substantial funding and other financial support from the U.S. DOE.
Petrofac is major oilfield services provider, oilfield facilities operator, and design engineering and construction contractor for onshore and offshore petroleum and petrochemical facilities, including major oil installations and sub-sea reservoirs in the North Sea. The two companies have joined together to develop Captain CEP, with support from the National Grid Carbon as owner and operator of the onshore CO2 transport system and from Siemens as a key technology provider for the project's gasifiers and high-hydrogen combustion turbine and other power generation equipment. (Source: Summit Power, heraldonline.com, 5 Nov., 2012) Contact: Summit Power Group, (206) 780-3551, [email protected], www.summitpower.com; Petrofac, www.petrofac.com
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Foster Wheeler's role is to strengthen the CCS and transportation know-how of the China Power Investment Corporation (CPI), one of the country's largest power producers. The scope of Foster Wheeler's work
is expected to be completed in June 2013. (Source: Foster Wheeler, Hydrocarbon Processing, 6 Nov., 2012)
Contact: Foster Wheeler, +41 22 741 8000, Scott Lamb, Investor Relations, (908) 730-4155, [email protected], www.fwc.com
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Energy secretary Davey is meeting with chancellor George Osborne, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander this week to discuss plans for the forthcoming energy bill. The UK is tied to a legally-binding obligation to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2030, and decarbonizing the energy sector is seen as crucial to reaching this goal. However, many government officials, including Osborne, have voiced their concerns over this transition, claiming that it could be too costly to undertake.
Osborne's views on the matter were made clear in March his budget statement in which he championed gas as "the largest single source of our electricity in the coming years".
This so-called "dash for gas" was condemned by the government's climate change advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, which said that such reliance on gas would be incompatible with the UK's decarbonation and climate change targets.
Investment in clean, abundant energy sources -- wind, solar, marine and so on -- is therefore seen as vital in not only meeting these objectives, but also providing long-term, secure and affordable energy. (Source: Blue & Green Tomorrow, Nov. 5, 2012)
A byproduct of producing the biofuel from biomass is the activated carbon, or biochar that can be used as a soil enhancer increasing land fertility while isolating the carbon captured from the atmosphere. According to Cool Planet, this carbon negative process results in up to a 150 percent carbon footprint reduction, which the company states is far more than any other biomass-to-fuel method.
Cool Planet is backed by Google, BP, GE, NRG, and others.
(Source: Cool Planet, Oct 26, 2012) Contact: Mike Rocke, VP, Business Development, Cool Planet Biofuels, (805) 484-2537, [email protected], www.coolplanetbiofuels.com
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In other FCE news, the company reports the execution of a share purchase agreement for what will be the world's largest fuel cell park in South Korea.
The finalized agreement helps progress the 59 megawatt facility to completion by splitting ownership between South Korea's largest utility, financial investors, a gas distributor, and POSCO Energy, which is FuelCell's manufacturing partner in South Korea. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy, Hartford Business, Oct. 17, 2012) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Chip Bottone, Pres., CEO, (203) 825-6000, www.fce.com
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Fluor will provide full EPC services using its patented 3rd Gen Modular Execution approach for a 1.1 million tonne-per-year carbon capture facility at the Scotford Upgrader near Edmonton, Alberta. Captured CO2 will be transported 80 kilometers from the facility via underground pipeline to an underground storage site. Fluor has been providing preliminary services and front-end engineering and design for Quest since 2009. (Source: Fluor Corp, , Motely Fool, ( Oct., 2012) Contact: Fluor: www.fluor100.com, www.fluor.com.
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According to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), across 30 states 241 coal generators producing 36,000 MW of power will be shut down during the next three to five years. This accounts for 11 percent of America's current energy production. The coal industry see these potential shutdowns as further evidence that EPA is waging a war on coal, and a war on affordable electricity prices and jobs, according to a statement by ACCCE CEO and President Mike Duncan. The statement says " the EPA continues to ignore the damage that its new regulations are causing to the U.S. economy and to states that depend on coal for jobs and affordable electricity."
According to the ACCCE report, the states most heavily affected are Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and North Carolina, losing a combined 18,000 MW, approximately. These states are shutting down 103 coal generator units. However, political opposition to coal regulations may slow or halt future closures. On Sept. 21 the House of Representatives passed the Republican-backed Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012, which seeks to prohibit EPA control of greenhouse emissions, and restrict Department of Interior oversight of coal mining regulations. The bill passed by a 233 to 175 vote, with 19 Democrats supporting it and 13 Republicans voting against.
The middle ground on the War on Coal may be found in an innovation industrialists and politicians alike are embracing -- Clean Coal -- carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) that greatly reduces carbon emissions by capturing and processing the gasses before they go up the smokestack.
However, a major obstacle for Clean Coal implementation is the high cost of installing and retrofitting CCS technology at plants. Although some generators in existing coal plants on ACCCE's list will be converting to natural gas for power generation supply, most will be closing. (Source: ACCCE, Epoch Times. 2 Oct, 2012) Contact: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, www.AmericasPower.org
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The issuance of this patent follows the previously announced allowance of U.S. Patent 8,192,531, CO2 ABSORPTION SOLUTION U.S. Patent 8,192,531 covers the use of CA for carbon capture with any secondary or tertiary amine solvent with significant near-term application in the treating of various industrial gasses, including natural gas processing.
Combined, these two patents increase the Company's reach into the growing opportunity for the management and beneficial reuse of carbon dioxide in the United States. This is particularly the case in large jurisdictions such as California, which are implementing cap and trade systems that impose penalties on carbon emissions and can provide economic opportunities for the capture of these emissions.
(Source: CO2 Solutions Inc, Oct.3, 2012) Contact: CO2 Solutions Inc., Glenn Kelly, CEO, (418) 842-3456, www.co2solutions.com
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Southern Company won the award for a project that is capturing carbon dioxide from Plant Barry near Mobile, Ala., in partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., EPRI and others.
The captured CO2 is being supplied to the U.S. DOE's Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, which is transporting the compressed flue gas by pipeline to the Citronelle Oil Field, operated by Denbury Resources about 11 miles from the plant, where it will be stored in a deep saline geologic formation.
The overall project represents the world's largest power plant demonstration of start-to-finish carbon capture and storage technology. (Source: Southern Co., 21 Sept., 2012) Contact: Savannah Ocean Exchange, | Solutions Inspiring Action
www.oceanexchange.org; Southern Company, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com
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The sequestration aspect of the project is being conducted as Phase III of the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program sponsored by the U.S. DOE aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The volume of CO2 injection, which got under way following approval by the Alabama state government, has been progressively expanded and now reached the full-scale target of 500 mtpd. In the project MHI is responsible for basic planning, engineering, core equipment supply, and provision of technology support during the demonstration operation in CO2 recovery and compression.
The Plant Barry project began in June, 2011. last year. The CO2 capture facility, which was built jointly by MHI and Southern Company, is the world's largest in scale: 500 mtpd, with CO2 recovery efficiency above 90%. The facility consists primarily of a flue-gas scrubber, flue-gas CO2 capture/re-generation system, CO2 compression machinery, and electrical components.
For CO2 recovery the facility adopts the KM CDR Process, which uses a proprietary KS-1 high-performance solvent for CO2 absorption and desorption that was jointly developed by MHI and the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. Compared with other CO2 capture technologies, the KM CDR Process uses significantly less energy.
(Source: MHI. Power Engineering, 14 Sept., 2012)
Contact: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., +81-3-6716-3111, www.mitsubishitoday.com; Southern Company, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com
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The organization is promoting increased forest cover as a means of capturing and sequestering the UK's carbon emissions and is calling on the Government to invest the available funds in new sustainable forests and commercial forestry practices. Sustainable forestry practices harvest trees at the peak of their growth and carbon sequestration ability and replant them with more trees in a continuous, renewable cycle. The carbon is stored indefinitely in the wood products harvested. These wood products in turn can substitute for a range of other higher carbon materials in manufacturing and construction. The by-products of production can also be used as substitutes for fossil fuels in energy production.
Europe's forests currently provide a carbon sink for 150-200 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, with an additional 500 million tonnes sequestered annually. In the UK alone, a mere four per cent increase in forest cover could deliver abatement equivalent to ten per cent of total GHG emissions.
A recent Independent Panel on Forestry report highlighted the importance of UK forestry in sequestering carbon emissions and its role in the green economy. The report recommended that the development of wood-based industries and technologies is a key priority for support from the Green Development Bank. (Source: Lesprom, Sept. 19, 2012)
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Respondents were more likely to support CCS if they believe that human activities contribute to climate change, support increased use of renewable energy or have an "egalitarian" worldview. Respondents who called themselves "political conservatives" were more likely to oppose CCS.
The study is the first state-level survey of perceptions of CCS and it is significant that it was conducted in a state that relies heavily on coal and where CCS facilities would probably be sited. The report suggests that as specific CCS projects are proposed, supporters and opponents are likely to step up their efforts to win over public opinion.
The study was funded by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. (Source: Indiana University, PR, Sept. 18, 2012)
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But the report was written before SaskPower got a bit of breathing room from the federal government. Ottawa recently announced regulations that say all coal power plants must be shut down after 50 years -- the initial proposal was 45 years. More than 40 per cent of SaskPower's generating capacity in 2011 came from coal. The report says SaskPower needs to find better ways to keep using coal for fuel, since there's a 300-year supply in the province.
The utility is presently working on CCS storage and is spending $1.2 billion to turn one of its units at Boundary Dam, a coal-fired power plant, into a carbon capture unit.
(Source: SaskPower, CTV News, Sept. 18, 2012) Contact: Saskpower, (888) 757-6937, www.saskpower.com
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