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SaskPower's Boundry Dam CCS Project Opened (Ind. Report)
SaskPower,Boundary Dam
Date: 2014-10-06
In Estevan, Saskatchewan, the world's first commercial-scale, post-combustion carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at SaskPower's coal-fired Boundary Dam generating station has been officially opened.

The $1.4 billion CCS project was originally budgeted to cost $1.24 billion but unexpected costs bumped up the total by $115 million to $1.36 billion. The Canadian federal government kicked-in $240 million of the total cost which, when the dust settles, could come in at as much as $200 million more.

The Boundary Dam carbon capture unit uses amine solvents to separate the CO2 and sulphur dioxide from the flue gas. Calgary-based oil and gas company Cenovus is purchasing as much as 3,000 tpd of the captured CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications. The unsold CO2 will be sequestered deep underground at the nearby Aquistore project. (Source; SaskPower, Leader Post, Various Others, 3 Oct., 2014) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Monea, Pres., CCS Initiatives, Robt. Watson, SakPower CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

Tags Boundary Dam news,  CCS news,  SaskPower news,  


Notable Quotes
EPA,Algae Biomass Organization
Date: 2014-10-03
"The EPA should encourage states to meet CO2 reduction goals by allowing the recycling of CO2 via carbon capture & utilization (CCU) technology. This common sense approach reduces overall emissions, creates a revenue stream for utilities that offsets the cost of compliance, keeps rates low for taxpayers and stimulates economic development and job creation across the country.

"Technologies are now available to utilize CO2 captured from power plants and fed directly to organisms like bacteria and algae, which can be converted into valuable products, such as (bio)fuels and chemicals, animal feed and human nutrition. The Clean Power Plan should recognize CCU as a viable pathway for compliance with new rules." -- Algae Biomass Organization Contact: Algae Biomass Organization, Matt Carr, Executive Director, www.algaebiomass.org

Tags Algae news,  Biofuel news,  Algae Biomass Organization news,  


MasseReaction Touts ViPAR™ Technology (New Prod & Tech)
MasseReaction Inc.
Date: 2014-10-01
Palm City, Florida-based MasseReaction Inc. is touting its world patented ViPAR™ (vertically integrated photo array reactor) technology as the first industrial scale algae carbon capture technology that is sustainable on both environmental and financial levels.

A 50-acre ViPAR™ farm installed at an average sized electric power plant will capture over 3.2 million tpy of CO2; virtually all of the power plant emissions. The CO2, a key ingredient for photosynthesis, is provided to the algae. Energy is multiplied as the algae capture photons and synthesize them with the CO2 into stored oil and sugar. Energy is augmented by over 35 percent, according to the company.

The ViPAR™ algae are processed into 600 million gallons of Drop-In Renewable Diesel, Jet, and Ethanol fuels. Fuel sales provide the financial sustainability with a 45 percent return on investment, according to the company's release.

Environmental sustainability comes from the ViPAR™ algal photobioreactor system's micro sized footprint, as an open pond system would require over 210 square miles for the same amount of carbon capture, and by the 90 percent + elimination of coal and gas fired electric power plant emissions. (Source: MasseReaction Inc., 28 Sept., 2014) Contact: MasseReaction Inc., Arthur Masse, CEO, (772) 240-8745, art@massereaction.com, www.massereaction.com

Tags Carbon Capture news,  Algae news,  Algae Biofuel news,  


EPA OKs Archer Daniels Midland's CCS Plans (Reg & Leg)
ADM, US EPA
Date: 2014-10-01
The US EPA has approved Archer Daniels Midland's application for permits that would allow the injection and under ground storage of CO2 from an ethanol plant. The permit was issued under the Underground Injection Control Program Class VI. The program is expected to facilitate carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) activities.

ADM, which plans to capture 1.1 million tpy of carbon dioxide, is permitted begin drilling the injection well in November. (Source: ADM, US EPA, Biofuels Int'l., Others 30 Sept., 2014) Contact: Archer Daniels Midland, Patricia Woertz, CEO, (217) 451-7423, www.adm.com

Tags Archer Daniels Midland news,  Ethanol news,  Carbon Storage news,  


Consortium Investigating Nova Scotian CCS Viability (Ind. Report)
Carbon Capture and Storage Research Consortium of Nova Scotia
Date: 2014-09-15
In Atlantic Canada, the Carbon Capture and Storage Research Consortium of Nova Scotia is currently collecting evidence and public input that will be used to determine if carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a viable option for lowering carbon dioxide emissions in Nova Scotia.

The Consortium has proposed drilling of a single, 1,700 meter-deep bore-hole to obtain core samples that it hopes will be useful in evaluating the suitability of the city of Sydney-area's sub-basin as a location to store locally generated industrial carbon dioxide.

The Consortium, which was established in 2009 by the Province of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power Corp. and Dalhousie University, is working its way through the regulatory process that will allow it to drill and analyze a core rock sample for potential carbon dioxide storage. Companies proposing CCS activity in the province will now need an approval from the Environment Department before work can begin. (Source: Carbon Capture and Storage Research Consortium of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Post, 14 Sept., 2014) (Contact: Carbon Capture and Storage Research Consortium of Nova Scotia, Carl Poirier, CEO, (902) 492-3312, cpoirier@ccnovascotia.ca, ahttp://www.ccsnovascotia.ca .

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Dioxide news,  


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

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

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

Tags CCS news,  CO2CRC news,  


FutureGen Finally Gets the EPA's Final OK (Ind. Report)
FutureGen 2.0
Date: 2014-09-08
FutureGen, the on-again, off-again decade-old near-zero emissions coal plant in Illinois focused on carbon capture has been awarded the first-ever Class VI underground injection permits for carbon dioxide from the EPA. In August 2010, U.S. EPA awarded $1 billion in Recovery Act funding to the FutureGen Alliance, Ameren Energy Resources, Backock & Wilcox and Air Liquide Process and Construction Inc. to build FutureGen 2.0 -- a clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network.

The project partners will repower Ameren's 200 MW Unit 4 in Meredosia, Illinois with advanced oxy-combustion technology to capture approximately 1.3 million tpy of CO2 -- more than 90 percent of the plant's carbon emissions. Other emissions will be reduced to near-zero levels.

Oxy-combustion burns coal with a mixture of oxygen and CO2 instead of air to produce a concentrated CO2 stream for safe, permanent storage. In addition, oxy-combustion technology creates a near-zero emissions plant by eliminating almost all of the mercury, SOx, NOx and particulate pollutants from plant emissions.

With the EPA's approval in hand, FutureGen is set begin drilling four 4,000 foot deep wells next month in preparation for injecting liquefied carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, FutureGen 2.0 plans to capture and inject 1.1 million metric tons of CO2 every year for 20 years. The carbon capture project will have the effect of removing the carbon emission equivalent of 232,000 automobiles. (Source: FutureGen Alliance, Wyoming Business Report, 4 Sept., 2014) Contact: FutureGen, Kenneth Humphreys, CEO, (202) 280-6019, www.futuregenalliance.org

Tags FutureGen 2.0 news,  CCS news,  Carbon Sequestration news,  Carbon Storage news,  


NRG Energy Retrofitting Texas Power Plant to Corral CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
NRG Energy
Date: 2014-09-05
Further to our July 18th coverage, Princeton, New Jersey-based NRG Energy reports that its Petra Nova project, the retrofitting of one unit of its coal-fired WA Parish, Texas power plant to capture its carbon emissions is underway. The $1 billion Petra Nova project, a JV with JX Nippon, will eventually trap 1.6 million tons of carbon annually and pipe it to a Texas oil field where it will be used for enhanced oil production . Upon completion in 2016, Petra Nova will be the largest project of its kind in the world.

The Petra Nova project previously received $167 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a clean coal initiative. The money was instrumental in getting the Petra Nova project off the ground, according to NRG.

Details of the Petra Nova Project are available HERE. (Source: NRG, 04 Sept., 2014) Contact: NRG Energy, David Crane, CEO, (609) 524-4500 - NJ, (713) 537-3000 - Houston, www.nrg.com

Tags NRG Energy news,  Carbon Capture news,  Enhanced Oil Production news,  


SD Utilities Vying to Host Wyoming Carbon Capture Test Center (Ind. Report)
Black Hills Power,Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Date: 2014-09-03
Following on our July 16th coverage, Rapid City, South Dakota-based Black Hills Power and Bismarck, North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative are submitting operating and other pertinent site information on their coal-fired power plants to state regulatory officials in the hope of being chosen to host a carbon dioxide capture test center.

Black Hills has offered its WyGen Unit 2 as a potential site. Basin has offered its Dry Fork station. Both are outside Gillette, Wyoming. The utilities have set a September date for turning in site-specific information on their power plants, which will help state officials determine where the test center should be located.

The proposed test center would build a test wing adjacent to an existing power plant, allowing researchers to explore potential strategies for limiting carbon emissions.

The state plans to raise $5 million in private or federal funds to help pay for the construction of the site. The money was a condition of the Legislature's $15 million appropriation. Colorado electricity wholesaler Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is offering a $10 million prize to a team that develops a carbon-curbing solution. (Source: Black Hills Power, Others, Casper Star Tribune, Sept. 1, 2014) Contact: Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Ron Harper, CEO, (701) 223-0441, www.basinelectric.com; Black Hills Corp., Richard W. Kinzley, VP Strategic Planning and Development, (605) 721-2360, rich.kinzley@blackhillscorp.com, www.blackhillscorp.com

Tags Black Hills Power news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  Basin Electric Power Cooperative news,  


Alberta Oil-Sands' CCS Project Nearing Completion (Ind. Report)
Shell Canada
Date: 2014-08-29
Shell Canada reports that it has fitted the final module at the first carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Alberta's oil sands and anticipate a 2015 start-up sate. The Quest CCS project, now 70 percent complete, is being built with funding from the Alberta and Canadian federal government to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands.

Quest will capture 35 percent -- more than 1 million tpy -- of direct CO2 emissions from Shell's Scotford upgrader north of Edmonton and sequester it 2 km under ground. Shell has not given a cost estimate for Quest but in 2009 the government provided an estimate of $1.35 billion and the project . (Source: Shell Canada, Reuters, Others, 27 Aug., 2014) Contact: Shell Canada , Lorraine Mitchelmore, Pres., (403) 691-3111, www.shell.ca

Tags Shell Canada news,  CCS news,  Alberta Oil Sand news,  Tar Sands news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


FCE Touts Carbon Capture Program Progress (Ind. Report)
FuelCell Energy
Date: 2014-08-29
FuelCell Energy (FCE) is reporting its progression into the third stage of a carbon capture development project supported by previously announced funding from the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy's Carbon Capture Program (DOE), and implemented by the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

After achieving the project design and financial goals established for phases one and two, FCE has received $1.2 million to launch phase three of the project, including the validation of the CO2 capture process using a direct fuel cell (DFC) stack to separate CO2 from coal-fired power plant emissions. (Source: FuelCell Energy, PR, StreetInsider, 28 Aug., 2014) Contact: FuelCell Energy, Chip Bottone, CEO

Tags FuelCell Energy news,  Carbon Capture news,  CO2 news,  


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

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

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Storage news,  


Princeton Scores $800K Grant to Develop CCS Technology (Funding)
Princeton University
Date: 2014-08-08
Princeton University has won an $800,000, three-year grant from the U.S. DOE to develop carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology.

Researchers at Princeton University are already studying ways to cut down on carbon dioxide emissions and have conducted experiments simulating what could happen if the atmosphere continues absorbing billions of tons of carbon. The funding will allow Princeton to contimue in its role of helping to seduce the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere. (Source: Princeton University, NJ.com, 7 August, 2014) Contact: Princeton University, www.princeton.edu

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Capture news,  


Singapore Investing $100Mn in "Green" Data Centers, Bldgs (Int'l)
Singapore
Date: 2014-08-01
Singapore, which hosts nearly 60 percent of SE Asia's data center capacity, is investing S$100 million in two major "green" data center R&D initiatives.

The Building Energy Efficiency R&D Hub initiative will be implemented and managed by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority, while the Green Data Center Research Hub Programme will be managed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). The projects are part of five national energy technology road maps that include solar panel research, carbon capture and storage or utilization, green data centers, building and industry energy efficiency.

The green data center road map will outline ways in which the research community and data center industry can assess technology options to achieve sustainability objectives. (Source: UNEP, Others, 31 July, 2014)

Tags Data Center news,  Green Buildings news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Kentucky Coal-Fired Power Plant to Host Carbon Capture Technology (Ind. Report)

Date: 2014-07-25
The U.S. DOE is contributing approximately $14 million to a new carbon capture project at the coal-fired, circa 1950s, E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Upon completion, the $19.5 million project is expected to capture and separate carbon dioxide from the emission stream after the coal is burned.

Carbon capture technology is widely seen as necessary to the continued use of coal for power generation, especially in times of toughening environmental regulations. The facility is slated for completion later this year. Testing is expected to be concluded in 2016. (Source: The State Journal, 22 July, 2014)

Tags Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  Carbon Dioxide news,  


Petra Nova Carbon Capture Progress Report -- Details Attached (Ind. Report)
US DOE,JX Nippon,NRG ENergy
Date: 2014-07-18
The US DOE, in partnership with NRG Energy Inc. and JX Nippon report that construction is underway on the first commercial-scale, post-combustion carbon-capture retrofit project in the U.S. Upon completion, the Petra Nova Project will be largest such project in the world.

The Petra Nova Project, using a process previously deployed in a DOE-sponsored 3-year pilot-scale test in Alabama, expects to cut the power plant's GHG emissions and capture approximately 1.4 million mtpy of CO2 from an existing coal-fired power plant in Texas. The captured CO2 will be used for enhanced oil recovery activities while being safely stored underground in the process.

Originally conceived as a 60 MW capture project for which they received $167 million from the US DOE, the project sponsors expanded the design to capture emissions from 240 MW of generation, thus quadrupling the size of the project without additional federal funding.

Details of the Petra Nova Project are available HERE. (Source: DOE, Los Alamos Daily Post, July 16, 2014)

Tags Carbon Capture news,  GHG news,  Enhanced Oil Recovery news,  CO2 news,  NRG Energy news,  


DDPP Report Highlights Importance of CCS in Combating Climate Change -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
CCS
Date: 2014-07-16
The Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP) released its interim 2014 report which shows what actions the major CO2-emitting economies need to implement to attain the "deep decarbonisation" needed to limit global climate change. The report concludes that preventing catastrophic climate change is possible; however this would require a profound transformation of energy systems as well as a heavy dependence on low-carbon technologies, such as CO2 capture and storage (CCS).

The DDPP, a collaborative initiative of the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), aims to show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and how the world can meet the internationally agreed target of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to 2 degree C.

The report calls for a significant transformation of energy systems, also referred to as "deep decarbonisation", the ultimate goal of which would be the phasing out of fossil fuel combustion with uncontrolled CO2 emissions.

Access the Pathways to Deep Decarbonization -- Intrim 2014 Report HERE. (Source: Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Bellona Europa, 14 July, 2014) Contact: Sustainable Development Solutions Network, http://unsdsn.org

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


Breakthrough Carbon Capture Results Touted--Pilot Project Advanced (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions, Neumann Systems Group
Date: 2014-07-16
CO2 Solutions Inc. , an innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, and emissions control specialist Neumann Systems Group, Inc., have issued the following update on the technical progress towards establishing a commercial ultra-low cost carbon dioxide capture and reuse solution:

As announced on June 14, 2014, the companies signed a collaboration agreement to demonstrate a combination of their two proprietary technologies at pilot scale for the capture of CO2 from industrial effluent gases. Initial testing has demonstrated the compatibility and synergy resulting from the use of CO2 Solutions' enzyme-based technology with Neumann's NeuStream® compact and highly efficient absorber and stripper systems.

In more recent tests, the enzyme-based solvent operating in the NeuStream® system achieved CO2 capture efficiency comparable to some of the better amines. This kinetic performance when combined with the energy-efficient properties of the enzyme-based process, is expected to deliver substantially lower operating costs relative to the best amine-based CO2 capture systems. The enzyme-based solvent is also more environmentally sustainable compared to conventional amines by eliminating carcinogenic aerosols and other amine related pollutants. Additionally, through significantly reduced equipment sizing, the NeuStream® system provides low capital costs and a much smaller system footprint.

Because of these excellent results, the two companies plan to accelerate preparations for the previously announced operation of a pilot facility in Colorado Springs to capture approximately 10 tonnes of CO2 per day. The pilot, originally expected to take place in April 2015 has been advanced to October 2014. (Source: CO2 Solutions, PR, 14 July, 2014) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, President & CEO , www.co2solutions.com; Neumann Systems Group, Dave Neumann, Pres. & CEO, www.neumannsystemsgroup.com

Tags Carbon Capture news,  CO2 Solutions news,  Neumann Systems Group news,  


US, China Ink Climate Change Deals (Int'l., Ind. Report)
China,USA
Date: 2014-07-14
The U.S. and China, the world's largest carbon emitters on Tuesday last signed eight partnership pacts that will focus on carbon capture utilization and storage, as well as more efficient energy smart grids. The deals involve companies and research bodies from both countries. Even so, China contends that it should not be subjected to the full implementation and extent of the rules that would be imposed on other greater and larger countries.

China has consistently insisted that as a just developing country it should be given leeway on its emissions caps. The U.S. however has maintained that regardless of its developing status, China should be held accountable for its emissions given that it has sometimes surpassed the U.S. as the world's heaviest carbon dioxide emitter by virtue of its extensive burning of coal, oil and gas. The U.S. and China likewise agreed to conduct a study on the use of gas in industrial boilers.

The deals are part of efforts between the two countries ahead of the UN climate change talks in Paris in 2015. (Source: Various Sources, International Business Times, 10 July, 2014)

Tags Climate Change news,  


White Rose CCS Project Secures €300Mn EU Funding (Funding)
Drax Group,Alstom,BOC
Date: 2014-07-11
DRAX, the operator of the UK's largest power station, has secured up to €300 million (£238 million) of European Union funding to build a power plant whose CO2 emissions will be trapped and buried deep beneath the North Sea. The new "White Rose" coal-burning plant will be built next to DRAX's existing power station near Selby in Yorkshire. Ninety percent of the plant's CO2 will be sequestered.

The White Rose project is a joint venture between Drax, Alstom and BOC and is the first large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the EU.

White Rose applied for funding from the European NER300 programme a year ago. The award to White Rose is one of 19 to projects across the EU designed to encourage private investment in green energy programmes. (Source: DRAX, NER300, Guardian, 9 July, 2014) Contact: Drax, Dorothy Thompson, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; NER300, www.ner300.com

Tags DRAX news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  NER300 news,  


Texas Project Captures Over 1Mn Metric Tons of CO2 (Ind. Report)
US DOE,Air Products and Chemical
Date: 2014-07-11
In Port Arthur, Texas, a joint U.S. DOE and Air Products and Chemical carbon capture project at a hydrogen-production facility has captured in excess of 1 million metric tons of CO2 using "vacuum swing adsorption" technology.

The technology captures more than 90 percent of the CO2 from the product stream of two commercial-scale steam methane reformers that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. In addition to the secure storage, carbon captured from the project will be used for enhanced oil recovery operations at existing nearby oil fields.

In total, DOE projects have captured and securely stored nearly 7.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to date. In just the last year since the release of the Climate Action Plan, these department-supported projects have stored approximately 2.8 metric tons, the DOE says. (Source: DOE, Env. Leader, 8 July, 2014) Contact: Air Products and Chemical, (610) 481-4911, www.airproducts.com

Tags Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  Air Products and Chemical news,  


EC Funds Clean Energy with €1Bn Polluter Revenues (Int'l)
European Commission,NER 300,EU ETS
Date: 2014-07-09
The European Commission today awarded €1 billion funding to 19 projects to fight climate change under the second call of the NER 300 Funding Programme. The funding for the projects comes from revenues resulting from the sale of emission allowances (CERs) in the EU Emissions Trading System.

The funding will be used to demonstrate technologies that will subsequently help to scale-up production from renewable energy sources across the EU as well as those that can remove and store carbon emissions.

The projects awarded co-financing today cover a range of technologies including bioenergy, concentrated solar power (CSP), geothermal power, photovoltaics, wind power, ocean energy, smart grids and, for the first time, carbon capture and storage (CCS). The 19 projects will be hosted in 12 EU Member States: Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. (Source: EC, Various Sources, ClickGreen, 8 July, 2014) European Commission, ec.europa.eu; NER 300, www.ner300.com

Tags European Commission news,  NER 300 news,  EU ETS news,  CCS news,  


Research & Markets Offers CCS Market Report (Ind. Report)
Research and Markets
Date: 2014-07-02
Dublin-headquartered Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market - Global Trends & Forecasts To 2019 report to their list of offerings.

The carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) market is estimated from the demand side. The report estimates the global CCS market in terms of billions of dollars in value. The drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the CCS market are also discussed in the report. The report also tracks the recent strategic activities of market players such as new product launches, expansions, agreements, and mergers & acquisitions. According to the report, Europe is the fastest-growing CCS market although the Americas dominated the CCS market in 2012.

The report identifies 10 key players in the CCS market, and provides more than 70 market tables, categorized into geographic regions, technology, and industry.

Additional information and report details can be accessed HERE. (Source: Research and Markets, (800) 526-8630, http://www.researchandmarkets.com

Tags CCS news,  Research and Markets news,  


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

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

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

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  DECC news,  


CO2 Solutions, Neumann Systems Partner on Carbon Capture Pilot Demo. (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions, Neumann Systems Group
Date: 2014-06-18
Quebec City-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. and Colorado-based Neumann Systems Group, Inc., an established emissions control solutions provider, have entered into a Collaboration Agreement under which both companies will demonstrate a combination of their two proprietary technologies at pilot scale in what is expected to be a significantly lower cost process for the capture of CO2 from industrial effluent gases. Following this pilot, the companies anticipate co-marketing a combined solution for enhanced oil recovery and other markets.

The pilot combines COs Solutions' enzyme-based technology with NSG's high mass transfer gas-liquid contactor technology, known as NeuStream®. NSG's technology has a smaller footprint than current technologies, with development to date demonstrating the potential to reduce CO2 capture equipment capital costs by up to 50 percent. The 1-month pilot demonstration will capture approximately 10 tpd of CO2, beginning in April 2015 at NSG's Colorado Springs facility.

The US DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory is supporting the projects with $1.4 million of NSG matching funding. CO2 Solutions will contribute an additional $450,000 for equipment modifications, operations changes and testing for the optimized use of the Corporation's enzyme-based solvent technology with NeuStream®. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., 17 June, 2014) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, Pres. & CEO, Thom Skinner, Inv. Relations, (418) 842-3456X223, thom.skinner@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com; Neumann Systems Group, Inc., (719) 593-7848, info@neumannsystemsgroup.com, www.neumannsystemsgroup.com

Tags CO2 Solutions news,  Carbon Dioxide news,  Carbon Capture news,  


Korea, US Plan Compressed Air Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Korea,Energy Storage
Date: 2014-06-09
South Korea and the United States are planning to jointly develop a new compressed air energy storage system. The joint project, first proposed by the U.S., seeks to develop a system that uses "low-demand time" electricity to compress air that will operate turbines and generate electricity as needed.

The two countries are also planning discussions on projects to test fuel cell vehicles in the U.S., set up a test bed for smart grid systems, and investigate the development of gas hydrates, shale gas and carbon capture. (Source: Korean Ministry of Trade, Energy and Industry, Yonhap News, 9 June, 2014)

Tags Energy Storage news,  Compressed Air Energy Storage news,  


SCCS Endorses Obama's Carbon Abatement Plan (Ind. Report)
Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage
Date: 2014-06-06
Edinburgh-based Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has welcomed Obama's new rules to significantly curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The organization sees the plan as a sign of affirmation in the readiness of carbon capture and storage (CCS). It also suggests, however, that the aspirations of the US appear to put those of the UK in the shade.

According to SCCS Director Professor Stuart Haszeldine, the "Obama administration believes the technology needed to abate these emissions (CCS) is ready to build and operate. This is in sharp contrast to the UK Government, which is playing a 'stop-start' game with its CCS Commercialization Programme and is yet to make any final investment decision on whether to back two full-chain CCS demonstration projects."

Contrary to criticisms that the new US rules will cause power plants to close and electricity prices to rise, the UK Government's Select Committee on CCS, in a report published last month, said that developing CCS technology would reduce wholesale electricity costs in 2030 by 20 percent. The Energy Technologies Institute has said CCS will halve the economy-wide cost of delivering low-carbon power by 2050. (Source: SCCS, GasWorld, 3 June, 2014) Contact: SCCS, +44 (0) 131 650 0270, info@sccs.org.uk, www.sccs.org.uk

Tags Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage news,  CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Algae Biomass Organization Comments on EPA CO2 Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Algae Biomass Organization
Date: 2014-06-04
The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today released the following statement calling on the EPA to include Carbon Capture and Utilization strategies in rules proposed today that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's power plants:

The saying "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" is an appropriate metaphor for the approach to CO2 emissions reductions recently. The "nail" of CO2 emissions, it is believed, can only be addressed by the "hammer" of regulations to bury, sequester or otherwise get rid of the waste.

A new crop of algae technologies can flip this approach on its head by converting CO2 into valuable commodities for trillion dollar industries, thus turning a problem -- the high cost of compliance -- into an opportunity -- an ongoing revenue stream.

Algae digest CO2 as they grow, returning clean oxygen to the environment while they produce oils and proteins. These oils and proteins can be used in the production of transportation fuels, animal feed, chemicals and food products. The more CO2 algae can consume, the faster they grow. As such, the US algae industry has a vested interest in obtaining as much CO2 as possible. By co-locating algae production facilities at coal or gas fired power plants and onsite at other industrial emitters, they can become customers for waste CO2. One such demonstration facility, using CO2 from a coal fired power plant, has already been built in Kentucky. Another in Iowa is using the CO2 produced from ethanol production to create proteins for animal feed. This process is known as Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU).

By monetizing waste CO2 emissions, energy companies can, at minimum, offset the cost of compliance with regulations and thus avoid ratepayer impact. Depending on the size of the power plant, some could create an annual revenue stream that returns a profit. In either case, the CO2 will be producing commodities that create jobs at the plant and downstream, helping to create economic development in their communities and elsewhere.

The EPA stopped short of considering CCU as an approved strategy in its new rules for Existing Sources, so we will continue our efforts with EPA to try to get CCU qualified as an approved mitigation strategy. Including utilization in this proposed rule will ensure that the new regulations accelerate the adoption of CCU technologies, like algae. Furthermore, we look forward to being a resource for EGU's to help them comply with the proposed rule.

Beneficial utilization of CO2 is the only option to turn the market forces and economics of waste CO2 into a ROI-driven, growth industry that will turn a huge problem into an economic opportunity. In doing so, we can achieve a rare trifecta -- the reduction of emissions, the creation of jobs and economic development across the country, and a contribution to our food and energy security. (Source: ABO, PR, 2 June, 2014) Contact: ABO, www.algaebiomass.org

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Notable Quote
Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp.
Date: 2014-06-02
"I'd like to distinguish between a carbon tax -- which is universal at the pumps -- and what we have here in Alberta, which is a compliance levy on large emitters. I think they're quite different. They're different target audiences. I would say there's a lot greater acceptance for a compliance levy on large emitters -- including by the large emitters."

"If you don't have a price signal of some sort on carbon, how do you ever justify carbon capture and storage? If you've got a signal out there and it's worth some dollars, it's easier to get people to support projects that do that." -- Eric Newell, Contact: Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp., Eric Newell, (780) 417-1920, info@ccemc.ca, www.ccemc.ca Note: CCEMC manages and invests money collected from Alberta companies that exceed their carbon allotment.

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AISI Comments on Proposed Utility Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
American Iron and Steel Institute
Date: 2014-05-14
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) in conjunction with over a dozen other leading energy, agriculture, and manufacturing associations, submitted comments Friday to the EPA in response to the proposed regulations of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electric generating utilities.

The proposal, which will limit the CO2 emissions of new power plants and require the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology for new coal-fired plants, "could have a direct impact on the affordability and reliability of electricity supply to major industrial consumers, like the steel industry," said Thomas J. Gibson, President and CEO of AISI. "This EPA proposal is both economically infeasible and sets a bad precedent for future regulations of direct GHG emissions in other sectors of the economy," Gibson continued. "As large industrial customers we rely on a cost-effective and dependable electricity to keep our mills up and running. This proposed regulation may put the U.S. steel industry and other energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries at a great disadvantage against our foreign competitors like China, where energy costs are often subsidized."

The coalition urged the EPA to withdraw the proposed regulation and engage with stakeholders to set achievable and realistic standards when limiting GHG emissions from new power plants. (Source: AISA, 12 May, 2014) Contact: AISI, Lisa Harrison, (202) 452-7115, lharrison@steel.org, www.steel.org

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Joint CCS Study Slated for Southern Alberta (Ind. Report)
CCS
Date: 2014-05-14
Over the next decade, Newell County in Southern Alberta, Canada, may be playing host to the research and development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), CCS monitoring technologies and ways to reduce carbon emissions.

The University of Calgary Containment and Monitoring Institute (CaMI) at the University of Calgary , along with the Province of Alberta and the federal government have joined forces in the study. The CaMI was established in November, 2013.

The joint effort includes a field research station southwest of Brooks where carbon dioxide will be sequestered and monitored to verify storage security. The study will use new technologies to monitor the area for everything from disturbances to new vegetation. The monitors will be satellite connected and accessible on the Internet. (Source: Brooks Bulletin, University of Calgary,Newell County, 12 May, 2014) Contact: University of Alberta Containment and Monitoring Institute, Don Lawton, Dir., http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/don-lawton/29/299/859, (430) 220-5110, www.ucalgary.ca

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SaskPower CCS, Boundary Dam Project Launch Near (Ind. Report)
SaskPower,Boundry Dam
Date: 2014-05-12
In Estevan, Saskatchewan, SaskPower reports that its $1.35 billion CCS equipped Boundary Dam Project, the world's largest, is only months away from startup. The utility expects to reduce CO2 by 90 percent at its rebuilt Boundary Dam Power Station's Unit 3 when the system becomes operational mid-year.

Although initiated to meet stringent Canadian coal-fired power plant emissions restrictions coming in 2015, SaskPower now sees itself as a leader in the power industry and hopes the project will capture world attention as well as carbon dioxide.

Effective July 2015, the Canadian government is requiring that coal-burning units more than 50 years old either shut down or reduce carbon dioxide emissions to less than 420 tons per gigawatt hour. SaskPower has decommissioned Units 1 and 2, both of which were more than 50 years old, at its Boundary Dam station. Boundary Dam Units 4 and 5 will hit the 50-year mark in 2020.

The Boundary Dam project received a $240 million federal grant, which helped pay for the design and modeling that went into developing the technology. SaskPower wants to create three to four models from its technology that can reduce carbon dioxide by 50 percent or better and then market those models to companies based on their desired carbon reduction efforts.

SaskPower also is constructing a carbon capture test facility at its Shand Power Plant near Estevan. Developed in collaboration with Hitachi, Ltd., the facility will give technology developers an opportunity to test new systems for controlling carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Completion of the facility is expected by early 2015. (Source: SaskPower, Minot Daily News, 11 May, 2014) Contact: SaskPower, Robt. Watson, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

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Rockefeller Bill Would Expand CO2 EOR Tax Credits (Reg & Leg)
US Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV
Date: 2014-05-12
In Washington, US Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) has introduced legislation that would increase tax credits for using CO2 in enhanced oil recovery, and establish a certification process to help future projects obtain financing.

According to Rockefeller's office, growth of the CO2 EOR industry depends upon capturing substantially more CO2 from man-made sources. Authorized to only provide tax credits for 75 million tons of CO2, the existing 45Q program is insufficient to take advantage of CO2-EOR's potential. Already, tax credits have been claimed for 21 million tons, and the remaining pool of tax credits likely will be exhausted in the next several years.

Rockefeller's bill would establish periodic reviews of the CO2 sequestration credit under Section 45Q of the federal tax code and provide the US Treasury Secretary authority to ensure that new tax credits would be revenue positive to the federal government over time when taking into account the revenue produced from increased oil recovery resulting from the credit compared with tax revenue lost from credits being claimed.

Increasing the supply of CO2 captured from man-made sources has the potential to increase American oil production by tens of billions of barrels, while safely storing billions of tons of CO2 underground, according to the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Rockefeller introduced his Expanding Carbon Capture through Enhanced Oil Recovery Act alongside another bill, the Carbon Capture and Sequestration Deployment Act, which would authorize $1 billion over 15 years for a cooperative industry-government R&D program in the US DOE's Fossil Energy Office. It would also allow projects to apply for a guaranteed allocation of credits for future use, and authorize $20 billion in loan guarantees to be used for the construction of new commercial-scale electric generation units or industrial facilities utilizing CCS technology; the retrofit of existing commercial-scale electric generation units or industrial facilities utilizing CCS technology; and the construction of CO2 transmission pipelines.

The National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, a coalition organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and the Great Plains Institute, said the tax credit program in Rockefeller's CO2-EOR bill would pay for itself within 10 years through the federal revenue generated from new domestic oil production. (Source: US Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), OGJ, 5 May, 2014) Contact: US Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), www.rockefeller.senate.gov

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Pa. Coal Alliance Comments on Proposed Federal Carbon Emission Standards (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania Coal Alliance
Date: 2014-05-07
The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance submitted comments to the EPA in response to proposed emission standards affecting new coal-fired power plants. The comments assert that the standards would result in severe economic consequences and that the technology required has not been proven to reduce carbon emissions.

The filing said that the coal industry supports more than 100,000 jobs directly, over 2.1 million jobs in related industries and contributes nearly $250 billion to the U.S. economy.

The Alliance noted that coal is the leading source of domestic electricity generation nationally and in Pennsylvania, where it accounts for roughly 40 percent of Pennsylvania's annual electricity output. This reliance on coal as an energy source provides residents with access to affordable and reliable electricity.

The Alliance pointed out that the EPA's proposed regulations are unachievable with current technology. The standards would require coal-fired power plants to adopt carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology, the effectiveness of which has not yet been substantially proven. Consequently, the proposed standards do not comply with statutory requirements. Additionally, CCS technology is much more costly than the technology presently in use, and it would increase wholesale electricity prices by 70 to 80 percent, according to a DOE deputy assistant secretary.

This technology introduces several significant environmental and liability risks that outweigh the benefits of reduced carbon emissions that could be achievable with CCS, the Alliance said, adding that the proposed standards exceed the EPA's authority under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). "The EPA's standards require power plants to operate at emission levels that are just not attainable with the technology that is available to us," said Alliance CEO John Pippy. "They would force the nation to essentially abandon its most reliable and affordable energy source. As a result, this policy will harm the economy by eliminating family-sustaining jobs and causing electricity prices to increase substantially."

The Alliance strongly urged the EPA to consider the negative effects of its proposed regulations. Instead, the Alliance suggests that the EPA should work with energy stakeholders to develop achievable standards that will benefit the environment without harming the economy. (Source: Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, 5 May, 2014) Contact: Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, www.pacoalalliance.com

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New hope for Brown Coal in the Land Down Under (Int'l.)
Coal,Australia
Date: 2014-04-28
As part of the Brown Coal Innovation Australia's (BCIA) latest competitive $2.45 million funding round for low emission generation technology, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's (CSIRO) 'Direct Injection Carbon Engine' (DICE) will be tested in Japan using a brown-coal slurry.

The DICE technology injects a water-based coal slurry directly into large adapted diesel engines for electricity generation. It is hoped that the engines will reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent. The commercial viability of brown coal has been generally met with widespread skepticism.

The new CSIRO research project will help to determine if DICE technology can deliver Australia's lowest cost, low emissions power generation from brown coal as an option for replacing existing brown coal power plants.

BCIA's latest competitive funding round included a further $1.45 million for four other R&D programs, including $850,000 for two Monash University projects; an alternative carbon capture technology known as chemical looping, and an oxy-fuel combustion technology which purifies CO2 emissions for easier CCS. (Source: BCIA, CSIRO, Latrobe Valley Express, April 28, 2014) Contact: BCIA , Dr Phil Gurney , Exec. Dir., ; CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

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World Coal says Renewable Energy Not Solution to Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
World Coal Organization
Date: 2014-04-25
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

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UK CCS Project Wins &euro300Mn in One-Horse Race (Int'l, Funding)
UK,DRAX
Date: 2014-04-21
The European Commission reports that the UK's White Rose carbon capture and storage (CCS) project is in line to receive a &euro300 million (£250 million) boost from the EU. In the White Rose project, CO2 will be siphoned off from a new coal-fired power station and stored in rock formations beneath the North Sea.

This announcement is seen as a win for the UK since in 2012, the European Union was unable to find a single project to fund when it asked governments to submit written proposals on CCS. The EU's request was intended to encourage development of CCS technology. And, since the UK's White Rose project was the only eligible submission, it is expected that the €300 million grant will be forthcoming in June.

The White Rose CCS project will involve the construction of a new, coal-powered plant next to the existing DRAX facility near Selby, in Yorkshire. Drax is in the process of converting from coal to biomass, and by 2016 is expecting to generate half its power from wood pellets.

In 2013, the UK government selected White Rose and another facility at Peterhead in Scotland as the preferred options to receive £100 million in development funding. (Source: EU, BBC, April 17, 2014)

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EIB Announces €548Mn to Help Green Europe (Int'l., Funding)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2014-04-16
European renewables demonstration and carbon-capture projects will share an extra €548 million ($757 million) in European Investment Bank (EIB) funding to develop their technologies.

The EIB raised the sum through sales of emission allowances for the European Commission's NER 300 technology programme. NER300 is a financing instrument managed jointly by the European Commission, European Investment Bank and Member States, so-called because Article 10(a) 8 of the revised Emissions Trading Directive 2009/29/EC contains the provision to set aside 300 million allowances in the New Entrants' Reserve of the European Emissions Trading Scheme for subsidizing installations of innovative renewable energy technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The second-tranche sale builds on the €1.5 billion pulled in in 2011-12, during the first offering, of which €1.2 billion has already been awarded to 23 projects. (Source: EIB, May, 2014) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org; NER300, www.ner300.com

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CO2 Solutions, Husky Energy Announces Carbon Capture Pilot (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions,Husky Energy
Date: 2014-04-16
Quebec City-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. has entered into a collaboration with Husky Energy which is headquartered in Calgary.

Under the terms of the Agreement, CO2 Solutions will install and operate a pilot unit capturing approximately 15 tpd of CO2 at Husky Energy's Pikes Peak South, Saskatchewan heavy oil site on a once-through steam generator. Operation of the pilot unit is expected to commence in early 2015 with completion of testing expected in Q3 of 2015. The agreement allows Husky to consider the use of CO2 Solutions' technology for commercial carbon capture projects.

The project will be funded in part by the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) program, as previously announced on January 24, 2013.

The pilot test is expected to confirm the positive techno-economics of CO2 Solutions' carbon capture process and will provide an operational basis to compare the process against other new and conventional technologies in terms of performance and cost. A successful project will pave the way for the CO2 Solutions technology to be applied broadly for cost-effective carbon emissions mitigation in heavy oil and oil sands operations in Western Canada and other industrial applications. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., 15 April, 2014) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, Pres., Thom Skinner, IR, (818( 842-3456X223, thom.skinner@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com; Husky Energy, www.huskyenergy.ca

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CCS Pilot Underway at TECO Polk Coal Plant (Ind. Report)
CCS,Tampa Electric Company
Date: 2014-04-16
The U.S. DOE and Tampa Electric Company (TECO) came together this week to celebrate the successful startup of a pilot project to demonstrate a warm gas cleanup carbon capture technology in a coal gasification unit at the Polk Power Plant Unit-1 in Tampa, Florida. The project, which is about $3 million under budget, included $168 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

The two organizations first collaborated more than 20 years ago when DOE helped fund construction of the plant -- the first coal integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant in the U.S., and one of the first in the world.

Gas cleaning at power plants to remove contaminates like carbon dioxide, mercury, and sulfur is typically done at low temperatures. IGCC technology (warm gas cleanup) has posed a technical challenge to scientists for more than 30 years.

The TECO project is the first to use IGCC on a large-scale. (Source: Tampa Electric Company, DOE, Others, PowerGrid, 14 April, 2014) Contact: Tampa Electric Company, www.tampaelectric.com

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Bellona Europa Touts Bio-CCS (Ind. Report)
Bellona,IPCC
Date: 2014-04-14
The report of the IPCC's third working group entitled Mitigation of Climate Change calls for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies for both conventional CCS on power and industrial applications, as well as for CCS in combination with sustainable biomass(Bio-CCS). The report notes that Bio-CCS will be needed in sectors where emissions reductions is more expensive as well as to compensate for a "temporary overshoot" of the 2 degree target or 450 ppm scenario. The report's summary for policy makers states that: "Many models could not achieve atmospheric concentration levels of about 450 ppm CO2eq by 2100 if additional mitigation is considerably delayed or under limited availability of key technologies, such as bioenergy, CCS, and their combination (Bio-CCS)."

Bellona Europa, part of the Oslo, Norway-headquartered international environmental NGO Bellona Foundation, was the first environmental NGO to put CCS on the world agenda 20 years ago, and has been working on Bio-CCS in particular since the IPCC's 2007 report presenting Bio-CCS, the combination of sustainable bioenergy and CCS.

It its 2008 How to Combat Global Warming report, Bellona founder Frederick Hauge noted: biomass -- wood, crops, seaweed, algae -- absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. The CO2 is released when the biomass is converted and used for heat, energy or other products like biofuel. This cycle is theoretically CO2-neutral. If these emissions are captured and stored it would therefore remove CO2 from the atmosphere over time. This makes Bio-CCS a carbon negative climate solution and one that the IPCC sees as necessary to compensate for our excessive emissions from fossil fuels.

Ensuring the sustainability of the biomass used for Bio-CCS is central and the IPCC report also notes this. Accordingly, life cycle emissions and adverse effects of land use change need to be fully accounted for. Concerns around this have led some to caution the use of Bio-CCS.

Some governments have called on the IPCC scientists to tone down their recommendations of Bio-CCS. Among these are EU member states who already rely heavily on bioenergy (without CCS) to meet their renewable targets. Adopting this attitude fails to approach the biomass sustainability issue holistically and fails to take the climate challenge seriously. If Bio-CCS is to become the carbon negative solution to climate change, huge amounts of biomass must be produced so that it does not lead to a loss of biodiversity or other problems, says Hauge.

More than ever, we must look to the ocean and salt water to produce large amounts of biomass in places that are otherwise not suitable for cultivation. Algae can be used for fuel, food and fertilizer. Biomass can be produced and used in a sustainable way with strengthened regulation and roll-out of more advanced alternatives. All elements of CCS are available and in use. We now need to combine the two.

In 2009, Bellona established a joint task force between the EU technology platforms for CCS (ZEP) and biofuels (EBTP) to look at the potential of Bio-CCS in Europe. The resulting report showed that Bio-CCS globally can remove up to 10 billion tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere annually by 2050; nearly 200 times the annual emissions of major oil and gas exporter Norway. If Norway builds biomass power plants that are being combined with CCS, this could make an important contribution to meeting Norway's climate goals, says Hauge, while reminding that a recent report shows Norway is lagging behind in reaching its climate targets. In Europe, Bio-CCS could remove 800 million tpy of CO2 by 2050. (Source: Bellona, April, 2014)

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SaskPower, Vattenfall Seal Carbon Capture & Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
SaskPower, Vattenfall
Date: 2014-04-09
SaskPower, a Saskatchewan utility Crown Corporation and the Swedish power company Vattenfall have signed a 5-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the development of joint carbon capture storage (CCS) opportunities. The MOU could see both parties sharing technical information, expertise and keeping each other abreast of relevant new developments in the field.

Vattenfall, which has experience with CCS projects in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, suggested the arrangement to SakPower. Construction on Saskatchewan's Boundary Dam CCS project is ongoing. (Source: SaskPower, Vattenfall, WJME Radio, 9 April, 2014) Contact: SaskPower, Robt. Watson, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Vattenfall, www.vattenfall.com

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Washington University nets $3.4Mn for Clean Coal R&D (Funding)
Washington University
Date: 2014-04-09
Washington University in St. Louis, a leader in advanced coal research and technology, in response to the U.S. EPA's recently proposed carbon emission standards that would require new coal plants use carbon capture technologies, will be contributing to the President's plan with research funded by a 3-year $3.4 million grant from the U.S. DOE. Richard Axelbaum, PhD, the Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, received the grant to further develop his novel staged, pressurized oxy-combustion technology (SPOC). "By staging the combustion, the temperature and heat transfer can be controlled in a way that has, heretofore, not been attainable," says Axelbaum, director of the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU) and the Laboratory for Advanced Combustion and Energy Research. The CCCU is also providing funding for the project.

Oxy-combustion systems use oxygen, not air, to combust coal and produce a highly concentrated CO2 stream that can be easily captured, so that it can be used or stored underground. While first-generation oxy-combustion systems have shown viability, more research is necessary to develop transformational oxy-combustion systems to meet the U.S. DOE's target of no more than a 35 percent increase in the cost of electricity produced from these plants.

Axelbaum, principal investigator of the project, will collaborate with the Electric Power Research Institute, Praxair Inc. and Ameren Corp. to design and construct a laboratory-scale pressurized oxy-combustor, and conduct experiments to characterize the process and further optimize the boiler and system designs.

In 2012, Axelbaum received a one-year, $836,000 grant from the U.S. DOE to fund a techno-economic analysis of this process, as well as a three-year, nearly $500,000 grant from the State of Wyoming's Advanced Conversion Technologies research program, which supports staged oxy-combustion research, specifically atmospheric pressure experiments using Powder River Basin coal at the university's Advanced Coal and Energy Research Facility.

The DOE grants are part of a multi-million dollar investment to develop innovative advanced combustion systems that support deployment of CCS technologies by focusing on improving the efficiency and reducing the costs associated with carbon capture. (Source: Washington University St. Louis, 8 April, 2014) Contact: Washington University Engineering, Richard Axelbaum, (314) 935-7560, axelbaum@wustl.edu, www.wustl.edu

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Rio Tinto Pushes for Carbon Capture & Storage Technologies, Slams Government’s Too Much Focus on Renewable Energy

Date: 2014-03-31
| March 24, 2014 10:35 AM EST Mining giant Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) finds the current climate change policy debate too idealistic and over focused on renewable energy. Rio Energy Division Chief Harry Kenyon-Slaney is pushing instead for the Australian government to place more investment in clean technologies such as carbon capture and storage. Kosovo and the European Union started Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) negotiations in October, an important step in Kosovo's European integration process. But Kosovo's air quality still widely exceeds the European Union standards, with high levels of pollution from increased traffic flows and two old power generating plants, Power Plant A and Power Plant B, which emit a high level of dust particles. The European Commission, quoting a 2012 World Bank report, said air pollution in Kosovo causes 835 premature deaths, 310 new cases of chronic bronchitis and 11,600 emergenc Mr Kenyon-Slaney, who spoke on Friday at the Energy Policy Institute of Australia meeting, said the mining industry can't just wish away fossil fuels and any solution to climate change must recognise the ongoing major role of fossil fuel in the global energy mix. He said that coal, gas, uranium and renewable would all be needed to meet the anticipated 69 per cent growth in energy demand in the next two decades. However, while pushing for cleaner energy technology, Rio has stopped paying the mining industry's Coal21 group, a $1-billion industry fund to finance clean coal technology as response to difficult trading conditions in the mining industry. Coal21 amended its aims in 2013 by refocusing beyond carbon emissions but also to push for use of coal in Australia and overseas. The Rio executive's views was criticised by Giles Parkinson who wrote in RenewEconomy that "As if to highlight Rio Tinto's own lack of faith in the CCs, Kenyon-Slaney said the company had invested $100 million in the technology. This from a company that earns billions from coal mining each year - earnings that most analysts say is at risk if the world gets serious about climate change." Tristan Edis wrote in Climate Spectator that based on volume of coal use in the last 10 years and projections for the next 10 years by the International Energy Agency, Mr Kenyon-Slaney has a reasonable point. He cited the numerous new coal-fired power stations in China and India, and improving the efficiency of these plants move be extremely difficult. BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie shared Rio's view that coal would continue to be the world's main energy source even if there is growth in discovery and use of natural gas. But federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane believes the carbon capture and storage is a pipedream, while on senior Liberal calls it a vaporware, which is a term used to describe new computer software promised by developers for delivery in the future but never did, although it scares off rival software development. (Source: RioTinto, International Business Times, 24 Mar., 2014)


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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