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Carbon Capture Projects Doubled Since 2011

Boundary DamTwenty-two carbon capture and storage projects are under construction or in operation worldwide, up 50 percent since 2011, according to a report by the Global CCS Institute.

Eight major CCS projects are expected go live in a range of industries across the globe by 2016, according to Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, who says “this low-carbon technology is reaching the critical mass necessary for widespread deployment.”

In October, SaskPower began full operation of its flagship carbon capture and storage project at the Boundary Dam power plant (pictured) in Saskatchewan, making it the world’s first commercial scale carbon capture and storage facility at a coal-fired power plant.

 

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2 thoughts on “Carbon Capture Projects Doubled Since 2011

  1. Furthermore, carbon capture and storage (CCS) costs WAY more than a perfectly sensible alternative: green energy solutions such as increased wind and solar. Study after study has indicated that the present-day grid can easily accommodate up to 30% – 40% penetration of such renewable but intermittent sources, without ANY increase in the need for ‘stand-by’ reserves – including both ‘spinning’ reserves and ‘non-spinning’ reserves. Couple that with other obvious facts: wind and solar fuels are forever free whereas coal will forever cost money to buy; all aspects of CCS will likewise forever cost money (capture, transport, and storage); and the storage reservoirs will forever be ticking CO2 time bombs; and continued coal mining and oil drilling will forever cause additional environmental damage (mountaintop removal coal mining, oil spills, pollution from oil refineries, etc.) – and on and on.

    CCS is a boondoggle. We should be spending all that money on ramping up true renewables just as fast as humanly possible – that is by far the best and the wisest use of our money and of our remaining window of opportunity before climate change truly starts to take hold and slowly strangle our civilization.

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