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Yorkshire: Clean coal action call by MPs to cash in on exports

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Aus: Carbon capture research boost

Drilling holes to pour money down:

A NEW research centre opened last week aims to be an industry leader in carbon capture and storage. The Peter Cook Centre for CCS Research is at the University of Melbourne. Initially there will be 30 scientists and engineers working on CCS.Continue reading

Economist Video: Tackling climate change: Carbon capture and storage

CCS is a proven technology that could help mitigate climate change, but at a steep cost. A new test facility in Norway is working to make it financially viable

The stupid things that dioxycarbophobia makes people do Continue reading

Sooner Is Better For Coal Emissions Scrubbing

Capturing Carbon: Removing greenhouse gases from coal-powered electricity generation—and starting now—could mean major benefits

What utter rubbish. Stopping all U.S. coal-fired CO2 emissions for 90 years only makes a difference of 0.15 °C assuming the most outrageous global warming sensitivity. And they omit the horrendous cost of transporting and injecting plant food where plants can’t benefit from it. There is absolutely no upside to carbon constraint.

Climate modelers need to stop believing their model output is “data” and realize they are full of crap. Enhanced greenhouse is another problem that never was. Continue reading

Innovation could cut cost of CCS by up to £45bn

If that’s the “cut” what the heck are you proposing to spend on such an idiotic enterprise? Continue reading

Roger Pielke Jr.: Recycling Carbon Dioxide in Iceland

No, CO2 is not pollution, yes it’s a resource and no, we shouldn’t be stealing it from the biosphere unless there is no other alternative. Junior seems impressed by it though. Continue reading

Years After Slash and Burn, Brazil Haunted by ‘Black Carbon’

Hmm… My take on reading this is that the “black carbon” constitutes a greater carbon sequestration rate than fluvial eutrophication. It is a tragedy of carbon loss which humans are fortunately alleviating, albeit accidentally, through mining carbon for fuel. Another big plus for the hydrocarbon era.

Interestingly, it is very reminiscent of the bio char aims of those who seek to deny the biosphere life-supporting carbon. Bio char good, black carbon bad? Continue reading

Aus: Black mark for clean brown coal

THE Victorian government has quietly reclaimed a huge brown coal allocation in the Latrobe Valley after the companies promising a low-emissions project on the site failed to meet development milestones. Continue reading

Rockefeller seeking ideas for advancing carbon capture

We haven’t heard much urgency about carbon capture and storage since cap and trade legislation to limit carbon emissions died in the Senate in July 2010. Continue reading

Chemical potential: turning carbon dioxide into fuel

A number of engineering companies are on a mission to make CO2 fuel production not just a phyiscal reality but a commercial one too. Stephen Harris reports Continue reading

Chicago to Build $3 Billion Coal Gasification Plant

The Chicago Clean Energy project is a gasification plant which will produce synthetic natural gas from coal and petroleum coke. Continue reading

Well, yee-haw! China’s 1st CCS Project Captures 40,000 Tonnes of CO2

China’s first carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project sealed off more than 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the past 15 months in north China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, operators told Xinhua Monday. Continue reading

NER 300: Prize fund for carbon capture projects shrinks by £800m

Michael Liebreich, at Bloomberg New Energy Finance blames eurozone crisis for decline in the value of NER 300 Continue reading

Shell, Total Seek EU Support For Carbon Capture As Price Too Low

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Total SA (FP) are among a group asking the European Union to boost support for projects to trap and bury carbon as low prices in the region’s emissions trading system deter investment in the technology.

But the public purse is empty. Why should anyone underwrite such a stupid process at the best of times, let alone now? Continue reading

Scientists poke holes in carbon dioxide sequestration

D’oh! Never was a serious option even if carbon constraint was found necessary Continue reading

No green light yet for clean coal technology

Carbon dioxide capture and storage is considered one of the key technologies to combat climate change. Germany’s recent decision to approve it has raised new concerns, while its future may depend more on EU-wide factors. Continue reading

U.S. bets on producing oil with captured CO2: John Kemp

EOR, or enhanced oil recovery, is an obvious good and for the most part the CO2 used therein is tapped from natural underground resources, so it involves no energy loss at generation plants and no loss of CO2 to the biosphere. Generating plant CCS though is a horse of an entirely different color. Continue reading

Carbon capture’s days may be numbered

Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) – a technology that promises to reduce atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants and carbon-intensive industries – has been faced with a number of challenges in recent years.

Yup. Not least of which is that it is a singularly stupid thing to do. Not only does it waste a tremendous amount of energy but it wastes a magnificent environmental resource as well. Its motivation? Dioxycarbophobia and weather superstition. Continue reading

How Far Can CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Drive Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage?

If it’s economic for enhanced oil recovery then fine, go for it. Just don’t pretend it has anything to do with carbon capture and sequestration (you get about 80% back with EOR anyway). More oil and gas, good. Less atmospheric carbon dioxide, criminally stupid. Continue reading

Pulling CO2 from air vital, say researchers

Emerging techniques to pull carbon dioxide from the air and store it away to stabilize the climate may become increasingly important as the planet tips into a state of potentially dangerous warming, researchers from Columbia University’s Earth Institute argue in a paper out this week. Continue reading