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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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, [email protected], www.mantraenergy.com; Lafarge Canada, (514) 715-8698, www.lafarge-na.com
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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, [email protected], www.skyonic.com
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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
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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 [email protected], http://ion-engineering.com
Tags Carbon Capture news, Nebraska Public Power District news,
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, [email protected], www.technip.com ; Shell Cansolv,
Philippe Gauthier, Pres., www.cansolv.ca
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"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
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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,
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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)
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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:
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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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, [email protected], www.co2solutions.com
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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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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, [email protected], www.doe.gov
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Since Akermin initiated operation of the pilot plant with its Biocatalyst Delivery System in May, 2013, the unit has captured over 80 percent CO2 from the flue gas exhaust. During this period, it has operated with no biocatalyst replenishment while demonstrating significant rate enhancement.
The company is currently developing and testing a next generation approach that uses an environmentally-friendly solvent and proprietary process scheme with on-line biocatalyst replenishment. This new approach could potentially reduce the avoided cost of capture by as much as 40 percent versus the solutions that have recently been evaluated for commercial-scale demonstration on coal-fired power plants.
Akermin is looking to commercialize the technology in the near-term to treat industrial gas streams for biogas upgrading, LNG liquefaction and ammonia production. (Source: Akermin, Inc., 5 August, 2013)
Contact: Akermin Inc., Sean Black, (314) 669-2612, [email protected], www.akermin.com
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In fact, he told his listeners in Morgantown that coal and other fossil fuels will be a major part of our energy future for decades. That's why any serious effort to protect our kids from the worst effects of climate change must also include developing, demonstrating and deploying the technologies to use our abundant fossil fuel resources as cleanly as possible." Fair enough. But do the Obama administration's policies match up to Moniz's words? No.
During the past four decades, coal-burning industries including electric utilities have made truly enormous strides in reducing emissions. Tens of millions of American families and many businesses have paid dearly for that, through higher prices for electricity and other commodities. Yet because it's our air and our world too. Those of us in coal country are eager to do more. Help in developing new technology to accomplish that is vital, however.
Obama has been reducing federal funding for research into how to burn coal more cleanly. According to the DOE, it spent $359.2 million on carbon capture and storage as well as power systems research related to coal during the 2012 fiscal year. Obama's request for the same projects during fiscal 2014 was slashed to $276.6 million.
"To put that in perspective, consider that the government was eager to provide $535 million in loan guarantees for a single solar energy company -- the now defunct Solyndra LLC.
"Moniz is right. Americans need coal and other fossil fuels. But Obama's regime seems intent on killing the coal industry. Clearly, one tactic in that strategy is to withhold research and development funding that could ensure clean coal is part of our energy future." (Source: Morgantown Intelligencer, Aug. 4, 2013)
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In a statement regarding the $8 billion allocation, the DOE said it was targeting any fossil technology that is new or significantly improved; as compared to commercial technologies in service in the US. Applicants for funding must show that their proposed project avoids, reduces, or sequesters air pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions. In selecting projects to receive funding, the DOE will favor resource development, carbon capture/low-carbon power systems. and energy efficiency improvements.
The DOE claims that its loan program has a
97 percent success rate among the sum of their combined investments. (Source: U.S. DOE, Energy Collective, July 18, 2013)
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The move, which will require legislative approval, will likely not go unchallenged. The Green Party leader , Senator Christine Milne, says her party will reject the move in the Senate. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott called it "more fake change from the prime minister."
The government claims the change is in response to changes in the Australian economy, the rapid transition away from the mining boom and the need to stimulate non-mining investment, as well as the public's cost of living concerns. The Treasurer acknowledged that the move would hurt the budget by approximately $4 billion , and compensating budget savings would need to be found. The $4 billion budget hole created by moving to an emissions trading scheme a year early will reportedly be filled by schemes designed to compensate industry.
According to the Australian Financial Review, the Clean Technology Program and the Biodiversity Fund, each of which have around $1 billion left to allocate, top a list of potential initiatives to be scrapped.
Coal industry assistance projects, including Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships, Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package and the Coal Sector Jobs Package may also be axed. (Source: Australian Financial Review, Climate Spectator, July 15, 2013)
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White Rose is scheduled to form the anchor project for the development of National Grid's regional CO2 transport and storage infrastructure with the potential to provide carbon solutions for a variety of energy intensive industries. White Rose is located on land adjacent to the existing Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, the 426MW new build power plant will burn coal with the potential to co-fire sustainable biomass. Fully equipped with CCS technology from the outset, 90 per cent of all the CO2 produced by the plant will be captured and transported by pipeline for permanent storage deep beneath the North Sea seabed.
Capture Power is a consortium set up by Alstom, Drax and BOC to develop White Rose, in co-operation with National Grid, who will provide the CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure. (Source: The Engineer, July 16, 2013) Contact: Capture power-White Rose, www.whiteroseccs.co.uk/about-capture-power; Drax Biomass, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
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The CICCS team's state-of-the-art facilities can accommodate a team of 15 researchers. Research projects under way include looking at ways to make carbon capture cost-efficient for the largest producers of carbon dioxide, in particular power plants and heavy industry. Other projects include understanding the fate of the long-term storage of carbon dioxide in geological formations under the seabed. (Source: Heriot-Watt University, Times of India, 8 July, 2013) Contact: Heriot-Watt University, +44 131 449 5111, www.hw.ac.uk
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The solicitation will support new or significantly improved advanced fossil energy projects and facilities -- such as advanced resource development, carbon capture, low-carbon power systems, and efficiency improvements -- that reduce emissions of CO2, methane, and other GHG pollution. The DOE will make available up to $8 billion in loan guarantee authority through this solicitation
The DOE's loan programs are supporting a large, diverse $34.4 billion portfolio of more than 30 projects including one of the world's largest wind farms; several of the world's largest solar generation and thermal energy storage systems; one of the country's first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plants; the first new commercial nuclear power plant to be licensed and built in the U.S. in three decades; the first two all-electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in the U.S.; and more than a dozen new or retooled auto manufacturing plants nationwide.
The company anticipates breaking ground this summer at Capitol Aggregates Cement in San Antonio, Texas, where the Capitol SkyMine carbon capture plant will be retrofitted. The funds will also help support the advancement of Skyonic's global IP portfolio of profitable carbon chemistry solutions and other R&D and operations expenses.
The new funding includes equity investments from new investors Cenovus Energy, BlueCap Partners, Toyo-Thai Corporation Public Company Limited, and Energy Technology Ventures. These companies join previously announced investors Berg & Berg Enterprises, Northwater Capital Management, ConocoPhillips, BP Ventures, PVS Chemicals, and Zachry Corporation.
The equity and debt funding, together with $28 million in funding under a grant from the U.S. DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory, will be used to construct the Capitol SkyMine plant in San Antonio, Texas. The retrofit plant is expected to directly capture 83,000 tons of CO2 from the Capitol Aggregates' emissions.
Skyonic's electrolytic SkyMine technology will selectively capture CO2, acid gases and heavy metals from the flue gas and mineralize the captured pollutants into safe, stable, solid products from which the companys expects to turn a profit.
Source: Skyonic, PR Newswire, 25 June, 2013) Contact: (512) 436-9276, [email protected], www.skyonic.com
Skyonic has proven its technology in lab and field tests and is in the process of deploying it at a full-scale commercial facility. Skyonic transforms CO2 from industrial waste streams into solid carbonate and bicarbonate (essentially baking soda) which is used in the livestock and food industries. The process also produces chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, bleach, chlorine and hydrogen, as well as removes air pollutants.
Cenovus's investment is part of Skyonic's latest funding round, which totaled $128 million. The funds raised will primarily be used to support construction costs for a carbon capture and utilization plant Skyonic is building in San Antonio, Texas. The facility, slated to be operational in 2014, is intended to prove the commercial viability of the technology.
The Cenovus Environmental Opportunity Fund is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cenovus that makes strategic investments in companies developing early-stage technology that could improve the environmental and economic performance of producing oil and gas. Since 2003, Cenovus has committed about $25 million to support these initiatives.
(Source: Cenovus Energy Inc. , 25 June, 2013) Contact: Cenovus Energy, Jessica Wilkinson, Media,
(403) 766-8990, www.cenovus.com; Skyonic, Foe Jones, CEO, (512) 436-9276, [email protected], www.skyonic.com
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The data contained within the website details comprehensive information on offshore CO2 geological storage sites around the UK, the first country to have this information designed to help industry and government make more informed decisions. The website identifies a UK storage potential capacity of 78 billion tonnes of CO2 in offshore geological storage sites and provides access to data covering: nearly 600 units of storage in either depleted oil, gas fields or saline aquifers around the UK; 25 categories such as pore volume, capacity and injectivity; geological seal, faults and connectivity characteristics and economics analyses and modelling.
The launch is the first major milestone of a £1 million, 5 year partnership programme between The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey. The next stage of development, later this year, will introduce an updated interactive map.
The database builds on the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) £4 million UK CO2 Storage Appraisal project (UKSAP) which was commissioned and funded by the ETI. UKSAP, led by Senergy Alternative Energy, involved a collaboration of the UK's leading industrial and academic experts in CO2 geological storage.
The Crown Estate holds and manages property owned by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom "in right of the Crown". Its origins date back almost 1000 years. (Source: The Crowne State, June 17, 2013) Contact: The Crown Estate, Dr. Ward Goldthorpe, Programme Manager, Carbon Capture Storage and Gas Storage, +44 207 851 5000, www.thecrownestate.co.uk;
British Geological Survey, +44 115 936 3100, www.bgs.ac.uk; www.co2stored.co.uk; Energy Technologies Institute, www.eti.co.uk
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During the first round of talks under the ADP in Bonn, which ended 3 May this year, governments undertook work on the main contours and central elements of the 2015 agreement, and also on a practical and results-oriented approach to raising immediate climate ambitions.
In addition to discussions of possible types of commitments and bottom-up and top-down elements in the new agreement, a special ADP workshop meeting will focus on strengthening adaptation to climate change through the 2015 agreement. A workshop on pre-2020 ambition -- the third of its kind under the ADP -- will focus on energy, including on how to scale up renewable energy, enhance energy efficiency, and consider carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The ADP Co-Chairs will also hear proposals from observer organizations on the question of how non-State actors can further contribute to collective action on climate change and how the 2015 agreement can catalyze such action by non-State actors. Other key discussions include talks on institutional arrangements that provide the most vulnerable populations with better protection against loss and damage caused by slow onset events such as rising sea levels; on clarifying ways to measure deforestation; and on avoiding negative consequences of climate action.
In a seperate presentation, the International Energy Agency (IEA) will present its latest World Energy Outlook Special Report Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map laying out new insights into the future track of global greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: UN,
Prevention Web., June 2, 2013) Contact: United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Luis Davila, Programme Officer, +49 (0)228 815 1137, [email protected], www.unfccc.int
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Collapsed funding efforts, combined with local institutions taking too long to pick projects to support, led to many bidders dropping out of the programmes, the report says. And technical and political problems have dogged any projects that have got off the ground.
The report calls for a revised political strategy on CCS, with clear goals for what each policy is trying to achieve. It suggests defining targets for the amount of CO2 that should be captured, and that CCS projects should be extended to gas-fired power stations as well as coal. (Source: Phillip Broadwith, Chemistry World, 30 May, 2013)
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The RTI carbon capture technology is currently being developed for coal-fired power plants. The pilot project with Norcem will incorporate it into a cement plant. The technology will first be tested at RTI's Energy Technology Development Facility in Triangle Park.
RTI's technology has been funded by the U.S. DOE and is being developed in collaboration with Pennsylvania State University as well as a cooperative agreement with the DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory. Masdar, a United Arab Emirates-based renewable energy company interested in the technology's potential application for natural gas-fired power plants, has also contributed funding. (Source: RTI, WRAL, 28 May, 2013)
Contact: RTI International, (919) 316-3596, http://www.rti.org; Norcem, www.heidelbergcement.com/no/no/norcem
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Under the amended and restated JDA, CO2 Solutions' proprietary enzymatic method for the efficient capture of carbon dioxide from power plants, oil production operations and other large sources of emissions will continue to benefit from Codexis' directed enzyme evolution technology and enzyme production capabilities. CO2 Solutions' technology uses the natural enzyme, carbonic anhydrase, to enhance the efficiency of CO2 capture from industrial emission sources, at lower cost than conventional carbon capture technology. Codexis' technology has dramatically improved this enzyme's ability to function in harsh industrial conditions. Carbonic anhydrase provided by Codexis is now suitable for pilot and demonstration testing in CO2 Solutions' carbon capture projects.
CO2 Solutions is an innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture and has been actively working to develop and commercialize the technology for stationary sources of carbon pollution. CO2 Solutions' technology lowers the cost barrier to Carbon Capture, Sequestration and Utilization (CCSU), positioning it as a viable CO2 mitigation tool, as well as enabling industry to derive profitable new products from these emissions.
(Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., 21 May, 2013) Contact: CO2 Solutions Inc., Glenn Kelly, CEO, (418) 842-3456, www.co2solutions.com; Codexis, www.codexis.com
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The report calls for regulators, governments and investors to re-evaluate energy business models against carbon budgets to prevent a $6 trillion carbon bubble developing in the next decade. Despite growing awareness that all known fossil fuel assets can never be exploited if climate change is to be restrained, companies spent $674 billion last year to find and develop new potentially stranded assets.
According to Professor Lord Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, "Smart investors can see that investing in companies that rely solely or heavily on constantly replenishing reserves of fossil fuels is becoming a very risky decision. The report raises serious questions as to the ability of the financial system to act on industry-wide long term risk, since currently the only measure of risk is performance against industry benchmarks." The report claims that even if carbon capture and storage (CCS) is deployed in line with an idealized scenario by 2050, this would only extend fossil fuel carbon budgets by 125GtCO2
Company valuation and credit ratings methodologies do not typically inform investors about their exposure to these stranded assets, despite these reserves supporting share value of $4 trillion in 2012 and servicing $1.27 trillion in outstanding corporate debt over the same period. The report says that we need to challenge these methodologies. (Source: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, 24 April, 2013) Contact: Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics, +44 (0) 20 7955-7871; [email protected], www.lse.ac.uk, www.lse.ac.uk/collections/granthamInstitute.
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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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