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US Clean-Energy Trade Mission Bound for China (Ind. Report)

Date: 2014-12-10
In Washington, the US Department of Commerce announced that it will send a cabinet-level energy and trade mission to China next April to drum up clean-energy business. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will lead the business development mission that is intended to help US companies launch or increase their business in the world's second-largest economy.

The mission will include up to 25 top US corporate executives looking for opportunities in areas such as green buildings, carbon capture utilization and storage, energy efficiency technologies, clean air and water technologies, waste treatment technologies, smart grid and green transportation. The mission follows a recent US-China breakthrough on carbon emission reductions and climate change.(Source: US Department of Commerce, GeoTV News, 8 Dec., 2014)

Tags Clean Energy news,  

SaskPower's CCS Operation Open in Estevane, Sask. (Ind. Report)
SaskPower,CanSolv,Conovus,Shell Global
Date: 2014-12-05
As we reported on October 6th, the world's first commercial-scale, post-combustion carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility was officially opened after the provincially owned utility, SaskPower, connected one of its 45-year-old Boundary Dam coal-fired power plants in Estevan to a carbon capture system designed by Quebec-based CanSolv.

The CO2 capture system removes and captures approximately 90 pct of the plant's CO2 which is then sequestered in a deep aquifer near the plant. The remaining 10 pct is being used by oil giant Cenovus for enhanced oil recovery operations at its Weyburn oil field operations.

The carbon capture system was developed by Quebec-based CanSolv and was acquired by Shell Global in 2008. Saskpower is now looking to improve the system's efficiency and to cut its capital costs. It also plans to retrofit two other Boundary Dam units with carbon capture systems. (Source: SaskPower, Globe & Mail, Others, 2 Dec., 2014) Contact: SaskPower, Mike Monea, Pres., CCS Initiatives, Robt. Watson, CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Shell Cansolv, Philippe Gauthier, Pres., www.cansolv.ca

Tags CanSolv news,  Boundry Dam news,  CCS news,  SaskPower news,  

Cansolv CO2 Capture Testing Underway in Norway (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Shell Oil, Saskpower
Date: 2014-11-28
In the UK, Shell Oil Company reports that testing of its Cansolv CO2 Capture System Technology is underway at the world's largest CCS test center in Mongstad, Norway. Shell hopes to use the Cansolv CO2 Capture System to trap CO2 emissions at a proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at Scottish & Southern Energy's (SSE's) Peterhead power plant in Scotland.

Peterhead is one of two proposals contending for the UK government's £1bn CCS commercialization competition, alongside the White Rose Project at Drax's power station in Yorkshire. The UK government estimates that CCS could generate £6.5 billion a year for the economy while cutting the cost of meeting the country's mandatory carbon targets by over £32 billion.

The Cansolv CO2 Capture System has been used at the first commercial scale CCS plant, opened by Canada's SaskPower at the Boundary Dam power plant. (Source: Shell Oil Co., Bus. Green, 28 Nov., 2014) Contact: Shell Cansolv, Philippe Gauthier, Pres., www.cansolv.ca; SaskPower, Mike Monea, Pres., CCS Initiatives, Robt. Watson, SakPower CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

Tags Shell Oil news,  Cansolv news,  CCS.UK CCS news,  SaskPower news,   news,  Carbon Capture & Storage news,  

Giammar Seeking New Solutions for Underground Carbon Storage

Date: 2014-11-28
Dan Giammar, PhD, at Washington University in St. Louis, is going deep into the earth to find a potential solution to store carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Giammar, professor in energy, environmental & chemical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, has been working with the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU) since its inception to find ways to reuse or safely store emissions or waste from coal-fired power plants, including fly ash or carbon dioxide. This ties in well with his research, which focuses on chemical reactions that affect the outcome and transport of heavy metals and radionuclides in natural and engineered water systems. In a new $1.28 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Giammar is looking at the potential for fractured basalt, a layer of common mineral-rich rock, to store carbon dioxide emissions. He and a team of researchers will work with finger-sized basalt samples in the lab to see how the rock tolerates the transport of carbon dioxide and the chemical reactions that take place among the rock’s natural minerals and the carbon dioxide. Geologic carbon sequestration, also known as carbon capture and storage, requires deep underground storage that includes porous open space, a permeable material and an impermeable cap so that the CO2 doesn’t leak out. Many current methods of geologic carbon sequestration use sandstone, an abundant porous and permeable material. But CO2 remains as a separate phase of either a gas or supercritical fluid within sandstone, creating the potential for leaks. However, when CO2 is injected into basalt through the rock’s fractures, which are naturally created cracks caused by high pressure or temperatures, it reacts with the calcium, magnesium and iron within the basalt to create carbonate minerals, a solid product without potential to leak. Giammar also has completed three prior research projects in collaboration with the CCCU. One looked at the rates of reactions of CO2, minerals and water. The second was a steppingstone to the current project, looking at the transport and reactions of CO2, minerals and water, but using powder instead of rocks, and the third studied the fate of metals in fly ash from coal combustion. In addition to the research collaborations with colleagues at WUSTL, Giammar has developed an international collaboration with Anurag Mehra, PhD, and graduate students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. (Source: Washington University in St. Louis, 25 Nov., 2014)

UNECE Nations Seeking CCS Financial Incentives (Ind. Report)
U.N. Economic Commission for Europe
Date: 2014-11-26
A statement from 56 member countries of the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is calling for fiscal incentives for carbon capture as part of a new global climate change agreement that replaces the Kyoto Protocol. The new agreement is expected to be concluded at a meeting of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015.

The UNECE recommendation says that commercial development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) does not have enough political support, and should have at least as much as other low carbon technologies. "A post-Kyoto international agreement should accept a broad array of fiscal instruments to encourage CCS/CCUS (carbon capture utilization and storage), but the selection of instruments should be left to the discretion of national governments," a UNECE statement said. Governments should also work together to cover the high cost of CCS demonstration projects, UNECE said. (Source: UNECE, Mail Online, Reuters, 25 Nov., 2014) Contact: U.N. Economic Commission for Europe, www.unece.org

Tags Kyoto Protocol news,  Carbon Capture news,  Climate Change news,  

CO2 Solutions Unveils Carbon Capture Enzyme (New Prod & Tech)
CO2 Solutions ,North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center
Date: 2014-11-24
QUebec City-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. has announced the completion of the internal development of a new high-performance carbonic anhydrase enzyme that it has named "1T1."

In bench testing, 1T1 demonstrated longevity and catalytic performance significantly surpassing that of the best third-party enzymes used by CO2 Solutions to date. As such, 1T1 is expected to be the principal enzyme for the Corporation's carbon capture process going forward. Patent applications have been filed in relation to 1T1 and the use thereof. Relative to its peers, 1T1 has a longer lifespan in the CO2 capture process, and delivers greater stability in meeting the required specifications for CO2 capture efficiency. At the same time, initial manufacturing results suggest that the production cost per unit weight of enzyme protein are likely to be substantially less than that for the third-party enzymes used to date. At the enzyme concentration levels required to deliver optimal carbon capture, CO2 Solutions believes this should lead to significantly lower enzyme-related costs, further reducing operating expenses of the capture process.

The new enzyme will be used in the December tests at the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). 1T1 was developed with the financial assistance of the Government of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., PR, 19 Nov., 2014) Contact: CO2 Solutions, www.co2solutions.com

Tags CO2 Solutions news,  Carbon Dioxide news,  Carbon Capture news,  North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center news,  

Algae Biomass Organization Lauds Carbon Utilization Legislation (Reg &Leg)
Algae Biomass Organization
Date: 2014-11-24
In Washington, the algae industry trade organization Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) applauded Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) for including provisions to encourage carbon utilization technology in the climate change legislation they proposed today. The bill calls for greenhouse gas regulations that would promote CO2 as a feedstock for plastics, biofuels, chemicals and other products.

A number of new technologies are being brought to market that consume CO2 as a feedstock, making this approach a unique opportunity to reduce overall emissions. In contrast to carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), new carbon utilization technologies convert those emissions into valuable products that can have economic and environmental benefits.

Algae technology developers are developing a wide range of platforms to convert concentrated sources of CO2 to renewable fuels and other high-value products. By converting waste gases into products, emitters can comply with EPA regulations and offset their cost or even profit from them.

The ABO has called on the EPA to explicitly recognize that carbon utilization technologies are acceptable methods for states to achieve emissions reductions under the agency's Clean Power Plan. Failing to do so will be a missed opportunity to encourage investments in an approach that could deliver positive environmental results along with economic growth, jobs and improved energy security. (Source: The Algae Biomass Organization, Nov., 2014) Contact: Algae Biomass Organization, (877) 531-5512, www.algaebiomass.org

Tags The Algae Biomass Organization news,  

Canada, UK Ink Joint CCS R&D Deal (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Date: 2014-11-21
In the UK, ClickGreen is reporting that UK and Canadian Governments have agreed to work together on research and innovation cooperation, knowledge sharing and international engagement on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. The agreement builds on the work both nations already undertake in increasing the use of low carbon technologies.

The UK has positioned itself as one of the world's frontrunners in this sector and is leading Europe with two commercial scale carbon capture and storage projects in development, Peterhead in Scotland and White Rose in Yorkshire. (Source: UK DECC, ClickGreen, Nov., 2014)

Tags CCS.UK CCS news,  Canada CCS news,  Carbon Capture & Storage news,  

Biologists Refine Climate Change Modeling Tool (Ind. Report)
Indiana University
Date: 2014-11-14
A new climate change modeling tool developed by scientists at Indiana University, Princeton University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration finds that carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere owing to greater plant growth from rising CO2 levels will be partially offset by changes in the activity of soil microbes that derive their energy from plant root growth.

According to the new work, "The deposition of compounds such as sugars and organic acids from living roots (in the soil) can increase the activity of bacteria and fungi, and it's this increase in activity that accelerates the decomposition of carbon in the soil, leading to higher CO2 emissions. On the other hand, this increased activity can transform carbon compounds into forms more easily locked onto soil particles, allowing them to stay in the soil for longer periods of time."

Global simulations conducted by the team found that microbial responses to enhanced root activity under rising CO2, while depending on plant species, climate and soil mineralogy, led to a loss of global soil carbon stocks that counteracted the additional carbon storage resulting from increased plant growth in many regions of the world. The strongest of these effects were found in temperate North America, Western Europe, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa, while gains in soil carbon capture were greatest in boreal North America, Siberia and tropical South America.

Prior to this new research, computer models used to simulate future climate change generally had not been able to simulate interactions between plant growth and microbial decomposition rates. The new modeling tool -- Carbon, Organisms, Rhizosphere and Protection in the Soil Environment (CORPSE) -- represents a major advance in the ability of scientists to simulate the global carbon cycle.

The model has already been integrated into the next generation of the global land model used for climate simulations by the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, a major national climate modeling center.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, the USDA SFRI Program, BP and Princeton University funded the project. Global simulations were supported by the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory using the Gaea supercomputer of the National Climate-Computing Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.(Source: Indiana Univ., 10 Nov., 2014) Contact: Indiana University, Benjamin N. Sulman , (609) 452-6500, http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/benjamin-n-sulman-home-page, http://www.gfdl.noaa.gov

Tags Climate Change news,  CO2 news,  Soil Carbon news,  

Algae Biomass Organization Expands Carbon Utilization Campaign (Ind. Report)
Algae Biomass Organization
Date: 2014-11-12
In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, has launched unveiled a new website -- www.recyclecarbon.org. The new website is part of the ABO's effort to convince the the EPA recognize Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technologies as approved emissions reduction strategies under its new power plant regulations. According to the ABO, recognition would encourage the development of innovative technologies that can use greenhouse gases to make valuable products while simultaneously reducing emissions.

The new website will serve as a clearing house for information about CCU, relevent new technologies and other useful information. It will also provide tools for supporters to take action of their own to promote commonsense regulations and markets for carbon dioxide.

Algae technology developers are developing a wide range of platforms to convert concentrated sources of CO2 to renewable fuels, chemicals, fertilizer, plastics, feed ingredients and other valuable products. Dozens of other technologies can use catalysts or biological processes to transform CO2 into products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: ABO, PR, 11 Nov., 2014) Contact: ABO, Matt Carr, Exec. Dir., (877) 531-5512, www.algaebiomass.org; New website, www.recyclecarbon.org

Tags Algae Biomass Organization news,  Algae news,  CO2 news,  Carbon Capture and Utilization news,  

ITRI Touts Taiwan Cement's Carbon Capture Success (Int'l)
Taiwan Cement Corp., Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute
Date: 2014-11-10
In Taiwan, the Hsinchu-based Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has recognized Taiwan Cement Corp. for its introduction of a high-efficiency calcium looping technology designed to capture carbon at its plant in Hualien.

The technology can achieve a CO2 capture rate of up to 90 percent. The company is using the captured CO2 to grow algae and generate new income streams. (Source: ITRI, Focus Taiwan, 4 Nov., 2014) Contact: Taiwan Cement Corp., www.taiwancement.com; Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute; https://www.itri.org.tw

Tags Carbon Emissions news,  Cement news,  Carbon Capture news,  

Ethanol Producer Close to Reaching Carbon Capture Goal (Ind. Report)
Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2014-11-07
Following on our Oct. 1 coverage, the US EPA has approved Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) application for permits that would allow the injection and under ground storage of CO2 from an ADM ethanol plant in Decatur, Illinois. The permit was issued under the Underground Injection Control Program, Class VI, which is expected to facilitate carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) activities. ADM, which has reached the 975,000 metric tonnes point of its plans to capture and store 1.1 million metric tonnes of CO2 beneath the ADM complex in Decatur, plans to begin drilling a second injection well in November, subject to the outcome of an appeal. The project is slated for completion in 2015.

According to ADM's Biofuels Development Director Scott McDonald, carbon storage is part of a portfolio that includes biofuels and renewable energy sources that will offset carbon emissions. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, herald-review.com, 6 Nov., 2014) Contact: Archer Daniels Midland, Scott McDonald, Bofuels Development Director, Patricia Woertz, CEO, (217) 451-7423,

Tags Carbon Dioxide news,  CO2 news,  Archer Daniels Midland news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  

New Carbon Capture Technology from ASU (R&D)
Arizona State University
Date: 2014-11-07
In Tempe, scientists at Arizona State University (ASU), lead by Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Chair Prof. Daniel Buttry, are working on an innovative method of carbon capture that will improve the way power plants separate carbon from other emissions in order to contain it, making it more efficient and less expensive to do so.

The ASU devise uses an electrochemical reaction that effectively "pumps" CO2 through a filter at an accelerated rate. This electrochemical reaction makes filtration of CO2 significantly more energy efficient and therefore significantly less expensive for power plants to capture more of it.

According to Buttry, power plants currently only capture as much as they can sell into a limited market which includes enhanced oil recovery and dry cleaning applications. (Source: Arizona State University, State Press, 5 Nov., 2014) Contact: Arizona State University, Prof. Daniel Buttry, (480) 965-2747, dan.buttry@asu.edu, www.asu.edu

Tags Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  

New Satellite Mapping Tool Measures Salt March Carbon Capture Capabilities (New Prod & Tech)
University of Georgia
Date: 2014-11-07
In Athens, Georgia, Deepak Mishra, associate professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of geography at the University of Georgia (UG) has developed instrumentation and technology to use satellites to model carbon capture in salt marsh wetlands. The new tools, which will be tested along the Gulf of Mexico, use NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Earth Observatory satellite to gather data to model the marshes. NASA is supporting the project.

"The idea is to see what kind of carbon loss to the atmosphere is happening by means of satellite-derived proxies as we lose wetlands, not only in terms of area but also productivity. "Right now, monitoring wetlands via satellite is problematic because of the way water and soil moisture interferes with the signal," Mishra said. "It can be difficult to effectively separate the water contribution from the vegetative contribution."

Restoration projects along coastal areas are expensive, and their success is judged primarily by the amount of vegetation gained. This new modeling capability will allow for more complete assessments of the marshes' overall productivity -- carbon capture, light-use efficiency for photosynthesis and biomass production. It also will differentiate which species of marsh grass provides better productivity.

Coastal salt marshes are among the most valuable ecosystems in the world, efficient natural mechanisms for carbon sequestration that produce biomass above and below the ground as they soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And while their gain and loss as protection from storm surge is well documented, their capacity for carbon capture is an unknown. (Source: UGA, PR, 5 Nov., 2014) Contact: University of Georga, Assoc. Prof. Deepak Mishra, (706) 542-8927, dmishra@uga.edu, www.uga.edu

Tags CCS news,  Carbon Capture news,  

Scientists Score Carbon Capture Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne,
Date: 2014-10-15
Scientists at the Energy Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have contributed to making carbon capture more practical and less energy intensive by combining a powder-like solid material with a liquid mixture to create a "slurry" that offers the potential for scaling up carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions.

The most common approach to carbon capture uses liquid amine solutions, which can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. However, it is very energy consuming to release the CO2 from the liquid as it requires a lot of heat. The solid materials, known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), are made up of metal atoms with nano-size pores that collect CO2. They are very energy efficient but are not very practical because of the nature of the substance.

To overcome this problem, the researchers have created a slurry that consists of a solid part called ZIF-8, which is suspended in a liquid mixture of 2-methylimidazole glycol. Because it combines the low cost and efficiency of nano-porous materials with the ease of a liquid-based separation process, the slurry successfully addresses these two main obstacles to the implementation of carbon capture in the real world.

The breakthrough method was a result of a collaboration between scientists from EPFL, China University of Petroleum, University of California, Berkeley and Beijing University of Chemical Technology and is published in the scientific journal Nature Communications. (Source: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, swissinfo.ch, 13 Oct., 2014) Contact: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Berend Smit, +41 21 693 11 11, www.epfl.ch/index.en.html

Tags CCS news,  

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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

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New hope for Brown Coal in the Land Down Under (Int'l.)
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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