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Are Negative Emissions a "Myth?"

December 12, 2014 by Noah Deich

Negative Emissions

In a recent column for Project Syndicate, Lili Fuhr and Niclas Hallstrom rail against carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies, counting them among the group of “ineffective or impossible” solutions to climate change.[read more]

Does CDR Have a Role in the Lima Climate Negotiations?

December 2, 2014 by Noah Deich

COP-20 and Carbon Reduction

The United Nations COP-20 process opened on Monday, December 1st in Lima, Peru, where climate negotiators from across the globe are spending the next two weeks working to build a comprehensive international agreement to fight climate change.[read more]

Carbon Sequestration: Where Will All the Carbon Go?

November 27, 2014 by Noah Deich

Carbon Sequestration Techniques

It is becoming increasingly likely that our society will need to remove large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere in order to prevent climate change. The question then becomes: how are we going to store all of this CO2 that we remove from the atmosphere?[read more]

CCS Breakthrough: sCO2 Power Cycles Offer Improved Efficiency and Integrated Carbon Capture

November 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Carbon Capture and Storage

NET Power, a young company from Durham, North Caroline recently announced they will construct the first of a kind natural gas fueled power generation system with zero air emissions and complete carbon capture, which combines oxy-fuel combustion with a supercritical CO2 turbine to create power.[read more]

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of CO2 Utilization

November 14, 2014 by Noah Deich

CO2 Utilization

The concept of CO2 utilization goes something like this: instead of releasing CO2 into the atmosphere through industrial processes, we could instead capture CO2 from smokestacks (and/or the ambient atmosphere) and use this CO2 to manufacture carbon-based products.[read more]

A Bit of Thermodynamics

November 3, 2014 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and Tech

Carbon Capture and Use sounds like a great way forward; why not capture the CO2 and put it to good use? That way there will be an economic incentive to tackle emissions and the problem will be solved. Unfortunately, this is where thermodynamics gets in the way.[read more]

Does CDR Provide 'Moral Hazard' for Avoiding Deep Decarbonization of our Economy?

October 31, 2014 by Noah Deich

CDR and Moral Hazard

The “moral hazard” argument against CDR is that it could be a “Trojan horse” that fossil fuel interests will use to delay rapid decarbonization of the economy, as these fossil interests could use the prospect of cost-effective, proven, scaleable CDR technologies as an excuse for continuing to burn fossil fuels.[read more]

Great Visualization of Our Energy and Carbon Consumption and Emissions [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 by Noah Deich

Carbon Capture and Storage

A future dependent on fossil fuels does not have to be an inevitability. We can drastically reduce fossil fuel use through aggressive R&D programs and policy support for low carbon solutions. This path will fraught with many challenges, but we should rise to them.[read more]

New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle

October 21, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Carbon capture and storage is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made “clean”: Projects such as the Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide and then store it into underground storage or into previously depleted wells to extract more oil.[read more]

Explaining Carbon Capture and Storage

October 6, 2014 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and Storage

Few of us have the time to really think about an issue such as climate change, let alone read books on the subject or attend seminars, lectures and climate conferences, although quite a few of these don’t mention CCS at all and some barely acknowledge the need for a carbon price.[read more]

SaskPower Unveils First Commercial-Scale, Coal-Fired Power Plant to Capture Carbon

October 1, 2014 by Doug Vine

Carbon Capture Implementation

For perhaps the first time ever, a large-scale, coal-fired power plant is capturing carbon dioxide in order to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere, which could be a milestone for a technology that will most likely be critical to addressing climate change.[read more]

Recent Expert Reports: Diverse Zero Carbon Options Needed to Manage Climate

September 23, 2014 by Armond Cohen

Decarbonization and Immediate Necessity

Climate Week is a useful moment to review some recent expert reports suggesting the need for a broad suite of zero carbon energy technologies to manage climate change. In particular, these reports highlight the potentially critical role of CCS and nuclear alongside such options as wind and solar.[read more]


Are Carbon Capture and Storage and Biomass Indispensable in the Fight Against Climate Change?

September 9, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Carbon Capture, Biomass, and Climate Change

According to an international effort to comparing 18 models of the global energy-climate-economic system, efforts to mitigate climate change may depend on two technologies: the ability to capture carbon from power plants and industrial facilities and store it in geological formations and to derive energy from biomass.[read more]


Will CO2 Emission Standards Spur Carbon Capture Technology?

August 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Emissions Regulation and Carbon Capture

CO2 emissions standards for power plants in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere may not spur the use and development of carbon capture technology; tighter or looser standards would work better to drive technology adoption.[read more]

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

July 22, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

Carbon Capture and Sustainable Energy

If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary climate change mitigation strategy can do much more harm than good in the long run.[read more]