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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

Tags Algae news,  Biofuels news,  Algae Biomass Organization news,  


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.

Tags Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. news,  


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

Tags GHGs news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


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

Tags CCS news,  


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

Tags SaskPower news,  CCS news,  Bounadry Dam news,  


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

Tags CCS news,  CO2 news,  enhanced oil recovery news,  


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

Tags Coal.Pennsylvania Coal Alliance news,  CCS news,  


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

Tags Australia news,  Brown Coal news,  Coal news,  CO2 Emissions news,  


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

Tags Coal news,  Clean Coal news,  Climate Change news,  


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)

Tags CCS news,  UK CCS news,  DRAX news,  


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

Tags Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  European Investment Bank news,  NER300 news,  


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

Tags CO2 Solutions news,  Husky Energy news,  Carbon Storage news,  


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

Tags IGCC news,  CCS news,  Tampa Electric Company news,  


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)

Tags Bellona news,  CCS news,  Biomass news,  Climate Change Mitigation news,  


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

Tags SaskPower news,  Vattenfall news,  CCS news,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

| Briefly, this research service provides:

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

    Key Findings include:

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

    Tags CCS news,  Carbon Capture and Sequestration news,  


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

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

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

    Tags Greenhouse Gas news,  GHG news,  


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Tags CCS news,  Carbon Sequestration news,  Carbon news,  


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

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

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

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

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