Carbon capture and storage – the Edsel of energy policies

Guest essay by Steve Goreham Originally published in The Washington Times The war on climate change has produced many dubious “innovations.” Intermittent wind and solar energy sources, carbon markets that buy and sell “hot air,” and biofuels that burn food as we drive are just a few examples. But carbon capture and storage is the…

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CSIRO ‘solar sponge’ soaks up CO₂ emissions

From the ‘CO2 must be assimilated’ department comes this press release from CSIRO. I have to wonder if this is a ‘spongeworthy’ project. ====================== CSIRO scientists have created a ‘solar sponge’ which captures and then releases carbon dioxide using the power of natural sunlight – as published today in scientific journal Angewandte Chemie. The breakthrough…

Carbon capture and storage may have the potential for inducing seismic events

From the National Academies of Sciences News: Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Low Risk for Causing Earthquakes, But Risks Higher for Wastewater Injection Wells WASHINGTON — June 15th — Hydraulic fracturing has a low risk for inducing earthquakes that can be felt by people, but underground injection of wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing and other energy technologies has…

Carbon capture and storage – “We still don’t know when CCS technologies will be technically proven at full scale”

From the UK Energy Research Centre Carbon capture and storage — new research from UKERC shows tough road ahead to realize potential Research highlights key challenges for the government’s new CCS strategy Government plans to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies to reduce carbon emissions received a cautious welcome today. A new report concluded…

High Costs Bury AEP’s Carbon Burial Plan

Story submitted by Hugh McCullough American Electric Power has scuttled its pilot project to bury CO2 from its Mountaineer coal-burning plant in Red Haven WVa. The original projected cost, before unanticipated overruns, was $668 million. About 1/3 of the gross output from a plant would be required to capture, compress and inject the CO2 into…

CO2 sequestration ‘splodes in Saskatchewan

From the “nobody could convince them it was a bad idea in the first place” department… UPDATE: More details now emerging – see below the read more line The Canadian Press – ONLINE EDITION Carbon injected underground now leaking, Saskatchewan farmer’s study says By: Bob Weber, The Canadian Press A Saskatchewan farm couple whose land…