- (Carbon Capture Journal) - The irony of renewables is that their inherent intermittency means that for technologies, such as wind, solar and wave to be adopted at scale, they must be supported by flexible fossil fuel power, at least in the medium term to cope with demand. Frank Ellingsen, Managing Director, CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad.
Read more … Why we need CCS to secure future renewables
- (World Resources Institute) - It is common knowledge that China burns a large amount of coal, with the fuel accounting for nearly 70% of China's primary energy consumption in recent years. What is less commonly known is that China is also working on ways to reduce the impact of its coal use, including aggressively pursuing research and demonstration of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.
Read more … Recent Progress Shows China's Leadership on Carbon Capture and Storage
- (Global CCS Institute blog - Chris Davies) - The timing could hardly be worse. Just as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms that global warming is real and man made, it becomes clear that the European Union's programme to develop a principal CO2 reduction strategy has all but collapsed.
Read more … Kickstarting CCS in Europe
- (Energy Live News) - DECC needs to get behind Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and stop treating it as a spare option if the technology is to make a significant contribution to cutting Britain's CO2 emissions, the Energy and Climate Change Committee was told.
Read more … DECC needs to stop treating CCS as an "option"
- (Carbon Capture Journal) - Scientists and engineers from China and the United Kingdom have formed an initiative that will pave the way for the research, development and demonstration of innovative carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies.
Read more … China and United Kingdom announce collaboration on CCUS
- (Carbon Capture Journal) - The upgrade improves access to information contained in CO2 Stored on storage sites under the UK seabed, enabling users to find out about storage locations, their characteristics and their storage capacity.
Read more … CO2 Stored website gets new mapping tool
- (Reuters) - Australia's prime minister-elect Tony Abbott has pledged to repeal the country's carbon tax to boost economic competitiveness, so it is ironic that Australia is about to host the world's most ambitious project for capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground.
Read more … In Australia, CO2 storage gets a big boost
- (Carbon Capture Journal) - - Engineers at Technology Centre Mongstad of Norway believe that it might be possible to generate electricity from gas with CCS at 54 per cent efficiency - compared to 59 per cent efficiency for a gas turbine without CCS.
Read more … Power from gas + CCS at 54% efficiency?
- (Carbon Captuer Journal) - The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has made significant progress in the development and construction of the largest carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project in the U.S.
Read more … DOE and ADM Illinois project advances
- (EAGE webpage) It is now possible to submit your papers for the 'Fourth EAGE CO2 Geological Storage Workshop' (23-25 April 2014) themed 'Demonstrating storage integrity and building confidence in CCS'.
Read more … Fourth EAGE CO2 Geological Storage Workshop
(EPSRC Press release) - £3.27 million has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of the Research Councils UK Energy programme, to four research projects to study the geological viability and safety of storing CO2 underground in depleted North Sea oil and gas fields or saline aquifers.
Read more … Research on geological storage of CO2 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- (Electric Light and Power) - In a July 29 address, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said coal and other fossil fuels would remain a vital part of the energy portfolio of the U.S. for many years to come. Moniz also stressed importance technologies like carbon capture and sequestration can play in cutting the amount of greenhouse gases released by power producers.
Read more … Energy Secretary Moniz talks fossil fuels, carbon capture
- (CC Journal) - DNV KEMA, together with 16 organisations involved in CCS, has published a comprehensive guidance document on CO2 handling, to help people get a better understanding of the risks, and help improve public confidence that the risks have been managed.
Read more … DNV KEMA – help manage risks of CO2 handling
- (CC Journal) - To implement carbon capture and storage (CCS) successfully, each underground repository will need careful appraisal based on its unique history and setting, according to a new study co-authored by researchers from the University of Bristol.
Read more … Finding ''Goldilocks'' sites for CO2 storage
- (CC Journal) - In its response to the European Commission’s Green Paper on a 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies, Bellona has put forward a suggestion to structurally and institutionally revise the EU ETS.
Read more … Bellona promotes revision of EU ETS
- (CC Journal) - The European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) has called for "an urgent and fundamental re-set to the Carbon Capture and Storage programme in Europe."
Read more … EU body calls for immediate action on CCS
- (CC Journal) - £3.27 million has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to four research projects to study the geological viability and safety of storing CO2 underground in depleted North Sea oil and gas fields or saline aquifers
Read more … UK awards funding for North Sea CO2 storage research
- (CC Journal) - The Global CCS Institute has formalised a sponsorship agreement with the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in Asia and South-East Asia (CCOP) to provide initial funding of its CO2 Storage Mapping Program (CCS-M) in CCOP member countries
Read more … Institute supports CO2 storage mapping program in Asia
- (Business Green) - Europe's efforts to develop a carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry have "turned into a farce", and Brussels may need to adopt a target analogous to its renewable energy goals to kick-start the technology, researchers have said.
Read more … Carbon capture in Europe a 'farce', say researchers
- (CC Journal) - The final report from the Carbon Capture and Storage Cost Reduction Taskforce confirms that UK fossil power stations with carbon capture, transport and storage, have the potential to be cost competitive with other types of low carbon power generation.
Read more … CCS report recommends next steps for CCS in the UK
- (Carbon Capture Journal) - The UK’s largest grouping of carbon capture and storage (CCS) researchers, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS), has signed a strategic agreement with South Korea’s leading CCS research institute that will see scientists from both countries work together to develop cutting-edge technologies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power generation and industry.
Read more … Scottish and South Korean researchers sign CCS collaboration deal
Research vessel ALKOR; foto: GEOMAR
Cruise 412 of the German research vessel ALKOR (22.03.-08.04.13) led by Dr. Peter Linke (GEOMAR) is conducted in the framework of the EU project ECO2. The project, supported by a team of international collaborators, investigates the potential environmental impact of the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in marine sediments.
Read more … Research cruise in the central North Sea with RV Alkor (AL412)
- The Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives (NETP) 2012, a study backed by the IEA and the Nordic Council of Ministers published on 22 January, explores how the Nordic region can achieve a CO2 -neutral energy system by 2050 by addressing, amongst others, the role of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) in the industry, reports Bellona.
Read more … IEA & Nordic Energy Research call for policy action for industrial CCS
- Carbon Capture Journal hosted a free half day conference in London on October 8, where delegates discussed whether the industry is developing at a satisfactory pace and looked at possible ways to accelerate growth. The conference was chaired by Stuart Haszeldine, professor of carbon capture and storage, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.
Read more … CCJ conference - getting CCS moving
- (The West Australian) - Angry farmers are refusing surveyors access to their properties as they try to block moves to store carbon dioxide in an aquifer which sits under prime agricultural land.
Read more … Farmers block CO2 plans for farmland
- (Gulf News) - For some time we have been led to believe that carbon capture and storage or sequestration (CCS) is a world saviour in the abatement of climate change. Lately, the enthusiasm was softened due to the multitude of problems that must be overcome for CCS to play its expected role.
Read more … Carbon capture and storage: The devil lies in the details
- (The Economist) - Even in these straitened times, money should still be found for basic research into areas such as carbon capture and storage.
Read more … The great innovation debate
- (Global CCS Institute blog - Derek Taylor) - The European Commission has produced a draft of a new communication that, once adopted, is expected to form the basis for a public consultation on how to revitalise the activities of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the European Union (EU).
Read more … CCS "at a crossroads" in Europe says the European Commission
- (Euractiv) - Europe's failing plans to encourage the burial of carbon dioxide emissions underground should be boosted by new laws for emissions performance standards or mandatory carbon capture and storage (CCS) certificates, according to a draft EU communication seen by EurActiv.
Read more … Brussels steers towards 'resolute' new CCS targets by 2014
- (Reuters) - RWE has captured the first tonne of carbon in a UK pilot project, the company said on Thursday, bringing it a step closer to applying a technology that could significantly reduce climate-warming emissions from power plants.
Read more … RWE starts carbon capture at UK coal plant
7th Annual European Carbon Capture & Storage 2013
7th Annual European Carbon Capture & Storage 2013, London, 31 Jan to 01 Feb 2013
International workshop on leakage effects - 13 May 2013 in Bergen, Norway at University of Bergen
2nd annual ECO2 meeting - 13 - 16 May 2013 in Bergen, Norway at University of Bergen
Read more … Up-coming ECO2 meetings 2013
- The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced that it has agreed a licence with The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey to host and further develop its £3.8m UK CO2 Storage Appraisal project into an online database of mapped UK offshore carbon dioxide storage capacity.
Read more … UK online CO2 storage database to be launched
- (GHG News) - The Global CCS Institute is restructuring with an eye toward transitioning away from its beginnings as an entity primarily funded by the Australian government to a financially independent organization, according to Institute officials.
Read more … Global CCS Institute looks toward restructuring
- The Norwegian state owned enterprise for Carbon Capture and Storage, Gassnova, has awarded Alstom a concept study for a full-scale CO2 capture plant to be located at Mongstad near Bergen, Norway.
Read more … Alstom awarded concept study for Mongstad
- CSA Group and the International Performance Assessment Centre for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide (IPAC-CO2) have announced the world's first bi-national standard for the geologic storage of carbon dioxide.
Read more … US-Canada standard for CO2 geological storage
- (Reuters) - The British government will not get any European Union funding under the first round of a subsidy scheme for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects because it has failed to provide the required financing guarantees, EU sources said on Sunday.
Read more … UK won't get EU cash for carbon storage: EU sources
- (The Economist) - Carbon capture and storage (CCS) needs reliable investment to unlock its true potential, argues Howard Herzog, senior research engineer at the MIT Energy Initiative.
Read more … Developing carbon capture and storage
- (Reuters) - Companies looking to store polluting carbon under the sea will have to pay more for tougher seabed screening, after geologists discovered a three-kilometre long fracture near Norway's pioneering subsea carbon storage project in the North Sea.
Read more … Subsea ravine leaks a new headache for carbon capture
A large fracture, 3km in length, has been discovered during a scientific research cruise in the central North Sea. The discovery was made with the aid of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in 2011, deployed by University of Bergen from the research vessel G.O. Sars during an ECO2 Project survey to study the potential short-term and long-term impacts of CO2 storage on marine ecosystems.
Read more … North Sea fracture discovered
- (Bellona) - EU technical experts met for a preliminary discussion on proposals to prop up the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) on 18 September. The meeting followed calls for immediate action to remove the huge surplus of permits generated by the recession. In April, the market was pushed to a record low of € 5.99 a tonne.
Read more … German representatives call for raising of CO2 emission price
- A collaboration of five U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories has completed the first risk profiles that can help to predict the probability of complications that could arise from specific CO2 storage sites.
Read more … DOE releases risk profiles for CO2 storage sites
- (Ynke Feenstra - GCCSI blog) - How is electricity produced? What is causing climate change? What are the characteristics of CO2? You can probably easily answer these questions. But can your neighbours, your kids' football trainer, the owner of your favourite restaurant, the employees in the supermarket, or the policy makers in your municipality?
Read more … What do you know about it?
- (Ynke Feenstra - GCCSI blog) - If you are working or interested in social acceptance and stakeholder engagement of CCS projects, you cannot have missed hearing about social site characterisation.
Read more … Hits on Social Site Characterisation
- (GCCSI & CSIRO) - On 16 August, the Institute will host the latest in its ongoing series of webinars with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's (CSIRO) Science into Society Group (SISG) Research Group Leader, Peta Ashworth and Senior Social Scientist Dr Anne-Maree Dowd presenting on public awareness and acceptance of CCS.
Read more … Webinar series highlights public acceptance insights
The research cruise CE12010 with the Irish research vessel Celtic Explorer (20/07 to 06/08/2012; Bremerhaven - Hamburg) is conducted within the framework of two EU-projects. The EU project bit Eurofleets provides resources for ship time, travel and transport expenses to enable the investigation of research questions of the EU project ECO2.
Read more … Report on RV Celtic Explorer expedition CE12010 - North Sea
- (Global Regina) - In Estevan, researchers are working on the very latest technology to reduce those emissions.
They're trying to create a safe way to put the CO2 in the ground for permanent storage. The project is being called Aquistore.
Read more … Estevan becomes home to major carbon storage project
- (Reuters) - The European Commission confirmed on Friday that it will announce plans next week to withhold carbon allowances to support the struggling Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which has suffered a collapse in prices under the burden of oversupply.
Read more … EU Commission to publish ETS rescue plan next week
- (NY Times) - After an eight-year analysis, an international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in the understanding of how algae and iron interact to sequester atmospheric carbon.
Read more … A Way to Trap Carbon Deep in the Ocean
- (guardian.co.uk) - An investigation into the safety of carbon capture and storage has pumped four and a half tonnes of carbon dioxide into the sea.
The world's first experiment to investigate the impact of a breached storage tank of carbon dioxide on the marine ecosystem has been completed off the coast of Scotland.
Read more … World's first CCS leak experiment completed in sea off Scotland
- Scientists from the U.S. Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and the Petroleum Technology Research Council (PTRC) have responded to the claims about CO2 storage causing seismic activity.
Read more … Can CCS cause seismic events?
- Calum Hughes, Yellow Wood Energy - At long last the process of deciding which of GB's incipient CCS demonstration projects will receive state support has recommenced in earnest. The new process contrasts sharply with its recently departed predecessor and offers much cause for optimism.
Read more … CCS legal and policy - UK competition
- (Maurice Hanegraaf - GCCSI blog) - The reality of CCS happening today was one of the main conclusions taken from a panel session during an event organised by Gassnova, the IEA GHG and the Global CCS Institute in Bergen on 8 May 2012.
Read more … CCS is happening today
- (businessday.co.za) - South Africa is likely to be ready to test-inject carbon dioxide into underground storage cavities from 2017 in a bid to determine whether "carbon capture and storage" technology is viable,
Read more … SA ready to test carbon storage 'by 2017'
- Tom Mikunda from ECN, a leading Dutch energy institute, looks at the impurities that can be present in captured CO2 and how research efforts are identifying how this affects its behaviour in a geophysical storage site.
Read more … CO2 storage - do impurities matter?
- CO2 hydrate offers a possible technology for capturing and disposal of CO2. In this technology CO2 can be captured in the form of hydrate, transported and released at great depths into the ocean. Another option is to form the hydrate in the ocean at conditions that allow the hydrate to be thermodynamically stable. By Jerome Rajnauth and Maria Barrufet
Read more … CO2 hydrate as a possibility for CO2 disposal
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has had a tough time trying to get going in UK but the CCSA believes that the UK is placed to take a World leadership position. In the following article Professor Jeff Chapman sets out his thoughts.
Read more … 2012 - a crucial year for UK leadership in CCS
- (Derek Taylor - GCCSI blog) - If public acceptance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) is potentially the biggest hurdle to the deployment of CCS as a tool in our fight against climate change ..
Read more … CO2 leakage - how important is it?
- (platts.com) - The UK government is standing by its offer to put GBP1 billion ($1.56 billion) into a carbon capture and storage project to prove the technology and its commercial viability, newly appointed UK energy secretary Ed Davey has told industry participants, a spokesman for his ministry said Thursday.
Read more … UK energy secretary confirms $1.6 billion support for carbon capture
- (Kristina Stefanova - GCCSI blog) - The United Nations climate change talks in Durban agreed a package of measures early on Sunday - on the second extra day of negotiations - that would eventually force all the world's polluters to take legally binding action to slow the pace of global changing.
Read more … Aligning CCS under the CDM
(Andy Chadwick - GCCSI blog) - There are some misconceptions about storage site monitoring. It's commonly believed that because there are a lot of potential monitoring tools out there, they will all have a part to play as CCS is rolled out.
Read more … Research into monitoring tools to monitor less
- (CCJournal) The deadline for EU member states to transpose the EU Directive on the Storage of Carbon Dioxide passed on the 25 June this year. The degree of compliance with this deadline, the transposition methods employed and the extent of acceptance of the new law in various member states are important indicators of how CCS is likely to develop across Europe.
Read more … CCS legal and policy - Nov / Dec 2011
- (Platts) - The European Commission is set to announce later Tuesday that it plans to launch infringement procedures against a number of EU member states for failing to fully transpose the EU's 2009 directive on carbon capture and storage, EC climate spokesman Isaac Valero Ladron said.
Read more … EC readies to launch infringement cases over CCS directive
- carbon capture journal - DNV has released a new guideline for Carbon Capture and Storage projects. The CO2WELLS guideline is the result of a major joint industry project which brought together upstream operators and power utility companies.
Read more … DNV releases CCS well integrity guideline
- carbon capture journal - Over the last two years the European Space Agency (ESA) has been funding a project aiming to establish a ‘service concept’ based upon satellite Earth Observation (EO) technologies that could be applied to monitoring of CO2 capture and storage facilities. By Adam Thomas and Ren Capes, Fugro NPA One of the biggest challenges facing the CCS industry is demonstrating that CO2 capture and storage is safe, effective and can be achieved at industrial scale at a competitive cost.
Read more … The Role of Earth Observation in Carbon Capture and Storage
- (Maritime and Energy) - Norwegean Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe has invited the industry to nominate areas in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea that might be suited for exploration for reservoirs for storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Read more … Nomination of areas for storage of CO2
Italy's high court has overturned government and local approval for Italian utility Enel's plans to convert its oil-fired Porto Tolle power plant into a coal technology plant. Approximately 250 MW of the plants capacity was planned with carbon dioxide capture and storage technology.
Read more … Porto Tolle CCS project approval overruled
The first ECO2 research expedition has just concluded on Tuesday 14th June 2011 in Kiel (Germany). The research crew on board the R/V Alkor investigated the natural CO2 seep site Salt Dome Juist in the German North Sea and the industrial CO2 storage site Sleipner in the Norwegian North Sea.
Read more … Report on the first ECO2 research expedition