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June 11, 2010
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that three projects have been selected to receive up to $612 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — matched by $368 million in private funding — to demonstrate large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) from industrial sources. The projects — located in Texas, Illinois, and Louisiana — were initially selected in...$1-billion-for-industrial-CCS-_5761.html
March 1, 2010
A little over one month ago, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) received national pledges from 55 countries, to cut and limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Included in the pledges was a commitment from the U.S. to reduce its GHG emissions in the range of 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. The non-binding target came with a disclaimer, however, that hinges on an uncertainty for...
March 1, 2010
As 2009 came to a close, the U.S. crossed a key milestone in the path toward regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Nearly 10,000 facilities (Figures 1 and 2) — a significant portion of them in the chemical process industries (CPI) — became subject to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA;; Washington D.C.) Final Mandatory Greenhouse Gases Reporting Rule...
October 16, 2009
Sintef’s (Trondheim, Norway; Dynamis project received the “CSLF Recognition Award” in London in October for its contribution to CO2 capture and storage. Sintef has received the “CSLF Recognition Award” for its contribution to CO2 capture and storage technology. Vice-president Sverre Aam of Sintef Energy Research accepted the distinction on behalf of...
October 16, 2009
Alstom (Paris, France; and major Canadian power company TransAlta —along with their partners in the governments of Canada and Alberta and Capital Power, an independent power producer— have created a partnership to construct a large-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) demonstration facility at one of TransAlta’s coal-fired generating stations in Canada. The...
October 4, 2009
On October 2, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the first round of funding from $1.4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the selection of 12 projects that will capture carbon dioxide from industrial sources for storage or beneficial use. The first phase of these projects will include $21.6 million in Recovery Act funding and $22.5 million in private funding for a total...
August 18, 2009
For the past year, leaders of five societies representing more than one million engineers and other technical professionals have been meeting to identify steps the U.S. might take toward managing carbon emissions, a key issue in climate change discussions, should that become public policy. The societies participating are: the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Institute of...
July 16, 2009
Yesterday, a coalition of U.S. manufacturing groups known as the American Materials Manufacturing Alliance recommended changes to the American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) in a letter to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  The letter, signed by the American Chemistry Council, the Aluminum Association, the American Forest and Parer...
April 8, 2009
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; announced today that it was awarded front-end engineering for CO2 capture for the SaskPower Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Sequestration Demonstration project in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. The contract value for the first quarter award was not disclosed. If the project proceeds as planned, it would be the first commercial-scale carbon-capture system...
April 1, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Washington D.C.) plans to set up the first U.S. national system for reporting emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The proposal marks the first step toward a program for climate control. "Through this new reporting we will have comprehensive and accurate data...
March 27, 2009
Carbon dioxide is the most prevalent greenhouse gas (GHG) believed to be responsible for global warming. CO2 levels are rising at an accelerated rate with the increasing global demand for transportation fuels and power. Today, worldwide CO2 emissions amount to 7.9 tons per year and are expected to grow 75% to 13.9 tons by 2030. Coal is an abundant and relatively inexpensive energy source. Coal-fired power...
March 24, 2009
Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany; will adapt its proprietary process for carbon dioxide capture to the special conditions prevalent in and mode of operation of combined-cycle power plants for the Norwegian utility Statkraft. The project kicked off in January 2009 and is scheduled to be completed within two years. This technology will then be available for industrial-scale...
January 1, 2009
Aiming at bringing down the barriers to the commercial deployment of post-combustion capture (PCC) of CO2, an Australian team from CSIRO Energy Technology (Newcastle, New South Wales;, CSIRO Energy Technology (Clayton South, Victoria), and several other research organizations has developed an integrated PCC R&D and pilot plant program. The program includes four pilot plants: The Latrobe...
December 10, 2008
Arnhem/The Hague, 8 December 2008, Essent Business Development B.V. (Essent) and Shell Gas & Power Developments B.V. (Shell; The Hague;  agreed to study the feasibility of a 1,000-megawatt, low-CO2 power plant. Most of the CO2 produced by the plant would be captured and stored underground. Essent and Shell today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the feasibility study. Shell...
December 8, 2008
Alstom ( and PGE Elektrownia Belchatow S.A. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development and implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at the Belchatow power plant in Poland. In a first phase, Alstom will design and construct a pilot carbon capture plant at the existing Unit 12 of the Belchatow power plant, which would capture approximately...
December 1, 2008
With last month’s proclamation by President-elect Barack Obama that his administration would move to cut U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, it appears that the U.S. may finally get in step with the 182 countries that have signed the Kyoto Protocol. Obama pledged to establish a cap-and-trade system with the goals of lowering emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, then reducing them an additional 80% by 2050...
December 1, 2008
While monoethanolamine (MEA) is the traditional solvent for scrubbing CO2 from fluegas, more effective methods, including solid absorbents, are being developed (see CE, December 2008, pp. 16–20). Sodium carbonate, for example, is the sorbent in a process being developed, with DOE support, by Research Triangle Institute (RTI, Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Desulfurized fluegas from a wet...
December 1, 2008
A new membrane is combined with a novel process design to reduce energy costs in a CO2 recovery system developed by Membrane Technology and Research Inc. (MTR, Menlo Park, Calif.; The two-step system uses a membrane made of a hydrophilic rubbery polymer, formed into spiral-wound modules. The membrane is 10 times more permeable to CO2 than conventional membranes used for CO2, says...
October 15, 2008
Last month, what is claimed as the first pilot plant in the world to demonstrate carbon-dioxide capture and storage (CCS) based on oxy-combustion came onstream next to Vattenfall´s 1,600-MW, lignite-fired Schwarze Pumpe power plant in Germany. The 30-MW pulverized-coal demonstration...
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