Thursday, April 19, 2012

Carbon capture in UK under threat as study raises doubts | Environment |

An article on the questionable ability of carbon capture to impact emissions

Carbon capture in UK under threat as study raises doubts | Environment |
"Serious doubts have been raised over the prospects for carbon capture and storage in the UK in the first comprehensive investigation into the technology, just two weeks after the government launched a £1bn competition to build the first demonstration CCS plant.
The finding by the government-funded UK Energy Research Council endangers many of the government's assumptions on tackling climate change, because ministers' long-term plans rely heavily on making the untried technique work on a massive scale. CCS is designed to lower the carbon emissions of fossil fuel power stations.
The design of the new competition is flawed, and the UK is already falling far behind other countries such as the US in its attempts to commercialise the expensive technique, according to the lead author of the study, which took two years to compile. The technique has never been demonstrated at scale on a working power station.
Jim Watson, lead author of the report, said: "People assumed that CCS would be straightforward, but it has not been. It is a particularly challenging technology – it's actually very, very difficult.""
Read the entire article at the Guardian site

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