Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration

Hide the Carbon! ‘The idea of carbon capture and sequestration, a promising avenue for reducing existing emissions, has been around for years. The process consists of capturing industrial CO2 emissions and burying them deep below the ground. Now several large-scale carbon dioxide sequestration tests are about to begin in the U.S. The results, slated to become known in 2009, will give the process industry a much better idea of whether or not this is a viable method of dealing with such emissions.’

Carbon Ready. Sequestration science is far ahead of needed policy. ‘Pumping liquid carbon dioxide underground on a massive scale so it won’t contribute to global warming has been talked about for years. ­Howard Herzog, an MIT chemical engineer and the program manager of the Carbon Sequestration Initiative, an industrial consortium, says the most recent international conference on the subject–in Trondheim, Norway, earlier this year–made clear two things: First, the geological questions are being resolved favorably. Second, without policies that put a price on CO2, it’s unlikely that any sequestration facilities will actually get built.’

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies @ MIT: Technology Overview. ‘There are two primary types of carbon sequestration. Our program focuses on carbon dioxide capture and storage, where carbon dioxide is captured at its source (e.g., power plants, industrial processes) and subsequently stored in non-atmospheric reservoirs (e.g., depleted oil and gas reservoirs, unmineable coal seams, deep saline formations, deep ocean). The other type of carbon sequestration focuses on enhancing natural processes to increase the removal of carbon from the atmosphere (e.g., forestation). A more detailed overview is contained in Encyclopedia of Energy (2004).’ [At this site see also the Links section]

The CO2 Capture Project. ‘The CO2 Capture Project is an international effort that addresses the issue of reducing emissions in a manner that will contribute to an environmentally acceptable and competitively priced continuous energy supply for the world.’

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF)

DOE – Fossil Energy: DOE’s Carbon Sequestration Research Program

Tags: Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Capture

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