Tagged with CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage)

Can Technology Unblock Unburnable Coal?

Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) Imperial College London http://www.sustainablegasinstitute.org/technology-unlock-unburnable-carbon/ [Oil and Gas Journal] Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology offers more hope than generally is believed as a way to allow use of fossil energy while meeting aggressive targets for mitigation of climate change, says a new report. A study by the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) … Continue reading

US Forests Will Lose Their Ability to Sequester CO2 in 25 Years: USFS Scientists

From Sink to Source: Regional Variation in U.S. Forest Carbon Futures Scientific Reports (2015, v5, Article 16518; doi:10.1038/srep16518) http://www.nature.com/articles/srep16518 [Abstract] The sequestration of atmospheric carbon (C) in forests has partially offset C emissions in the United States (US) and might reduce overall costs of achieving emission targets, especially while transportation and energy sectors are transitioning … Continue reading

Carbon Sequestration in the U.S. National Parks: A Value Beyond Visitation

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Adam Banasiak, Linda Bilmes and John Loomis http://bit.ly/1A46Ani Carbon sequestration—the process of moderating global climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in long-term mineral, organic, and oceanic reservoirs—is an important ecosystem service provided by protected natural areas. One type of carbon sequestration … Continue reading

Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration

National Academy Press http://bit.ly/1JnjdVF [Energy Collective] …Two factors have likely contributed to CDR’s position on the sideline for the climate conversation: CDR solutions have historically been conflated with the too-risky/speculative-to-even-research Albedo Modification (formerly Solar Radiation Management) “geoengineering” techniques Most CDR solutions cost more than other greenhouse gas (“GHG”) abatement approaches (e.g. solar, wind, energy efficiency, … Continue reading

Carbon Mapping Finds Threats and Opportunities for Carbon Sequestration: Carnegie Study

Targeted Carbon Conservation at National Scales with High-resolution Monitoring Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Published online before print November 10, 2014; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1419550111) / by Gregory P. Asner, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/11/05/1419550111 [Significance] Land use is a principal driver of carbon emissions, either directly through land change processes such as deforestation or indirectly via … Continue reading

New Technique May Lower the Costs of Carbon Capture

A Hybrid Absorption–adsorption Method to Efficiently Capture Carbon Nature Communications (Oct. 9, 2014, v5, Article number: 5147; doi:10.1038/ncomms6147) / by Huang Liu, et al. http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/141009/ncomms6147/abs/ncomms6147.html Removal of ​carbon dioxide is an essential step in many energy-related processes. Here we report a novel slurry concept that combines specific advantages of metal-organic frameworks, ion liquids, amines and … Continue reading

Huge Potential for Carbon Storage in Wyoming: DOE Study

US DOE http://www.netl.doe.gov/File%20Library/Research/Carbon%20Seq/FE0002142.pdf [From Press Release] The Wyoming Rock Springs Uplift could potentially store 14 to 17 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to results from a Department of Energy-sponsored study. This is equal to 250 to 300 years’ worth of CO2 emissions produced by the Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants and other large … Continue reading

Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide: Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Class VI Primacy Manual for State Directors

US EPA http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/uic/class6/gsguidedoc.cfm [InsideEPA.com, sub. req’d] …last month quietly released its final “Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide: Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Class VI Primacy Manual for State Directors,” which lists the requirements under SDWA and the 2010 rule establishing the Class VI regulatory category for the UIC permitting program for states seeking their own … Continue reading

Energy Technology Perspectives 2014: Harnessing Electricity’s Potential

International Energy Agency (RFFers can access this fee-based report from OECD iLibrary; if prompted for a password, see the password page, right top of the library’s landing page) http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/content/book/energy_tech-2014-en [E&E News PM, sub. req’d] The growth of coal-fired power generation is “unsustainable” without carbon capture and sequestration technology, the International Energy Agency said in a … Continue reading

Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Research, Development, and Demonstration at the U.S. Department of Energy

Congressional Research Service http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/222083.pdf On September 20, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-proposed standards for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new fossil-fueled power plants. On January 8, 2014, EPA published the re-proposed rule in the Federal Register, triggering the start of a 60-day public comment period. The proposed rule places a new focus … Continue reading