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Global electricity cost could grow by EUR100/MwH in 2030

29 September - This projected figure could be reduced to EUR80/MwH if nations in Asia, who are amongst the world’s biggest carbon emitters, make a concerted effort to install carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in their power plants, says Swiss power equipment maker Alstom Power.
Alstom’s study is based on 13 pilot and demonstration projects and validated by independent experts.

Carbon Capture and Storage - CO2 Transport Options for ScotlandCO2 storage industry of the future.

28 September - Scottish Enterprise today issued a publication entitled Carbon Capture and Storage - CO2 Transport Options for Scotland. The publication is a study highlighting that an early investment in infrastructure could place Scotland at the forefront of the development of a global CO2 storage industry of the future.
One of the key findings of the report is the potential for around 70 million tonnes of CO2 per year to be captured, transported and stored offshore in Scotland by 2040.

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Firm commitments to carbon capture and storage are needed from governments and industry - IEA Deputy Executive Director

26 September 2011 - Current policies in place throughout the world are not enough to limit rise in global warming to two degrees Celsius
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) – a group of technologies and techniques which significantly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere – is a necessary part of a low-carbon future, IEA Deputy Executive Director Richard Jones has said.
Speaking at the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s Ministerial meeting in Beijing, China, on 22 September, Ambassador Jones stressed that firm commitments to CCS are required from both governments and industry.
Energy demand and carbon dioxide emissions have doubled during the last 40 decades, and it is likely that the world’s energy demand will continue to grow substantially. The IEA estimates that CCS will play an important role as part of a cost-effective portfolio of solutions to combat climate change caused by energy-related CO2 emissions.
Ambassador Jones stressed that if global warming is to be kept below two degrees Celsius increase, current policy efforts from governments around the world are not enough.
He added that while attention often focuses on the benefits of CCS in electricity production, findings from a new IEA technology roadmap - Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications - show that CCS also has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions from industrial applications by 4 gigatonnes in 2050. Such an amount is equal to roughly one-tenth of the total emission cuts needed from the energy sector by the middle of the century.
Ambassador Jones is pictured with Dr. David Hawkins of Natural Resources Defence Council and Dr. Jeff Chapman of Carbon Capture and Storage Association.

Health Fears over CO2 Storage Are Unfounded

26 September - Capturing CO2 from power stations and storing it deep underground carries no significant threat to human health, despite recently voiced fears that it might, a study has shown.
Researchers found that the risk of death from poisoning as a result of exposure to CO2 leaks from underground rocks is about one in 100 million - far less than the chances of winning the lottery jackpot.

CSLF Capacity Building Fund to Accelerate Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage Demonstrations and Deployment
23 September - A new $3 million fund is helping support nine capacity building projects in five emerging economies as part of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum’s (CSLF) program to accelerate development and commercial deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) demonstrations, the organization said at its Fourth Ministerial Meeting in Beijing this week.


CO2 storage law falls through in Germany

23 September - Germany's parliament Friday blocked a law allowing the storage of carbon dioxide underground, as Europe's top economy wrangles over energy policy following Japan's nuclear disaster.
The Bundesrat upper house, where Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative coalition no longer holds a majority, voted down the plans for pilot projects of carbon capture and storage (CCS) ahead of a viability assessment in 2017.
The government must now come up with a revised bill to conform with a directive from the European Union on the technology.

Successful Otway Project advances carbon storage

23 September - Australia’s only geological carbon storage project has completed a sophisticated A$10 million research program that will speed the development of the global carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry.
After eleven weeks of continuous operations, an international research team led by the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) has concluded a sequence of five carefully prepared tests at the CO2CRC Otway Project, producing tools and techniques to assess the capacity and security of geological carbon storage worldwide.
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EU project to develop cluster for clean coal technologies launched

TREC-STEP to implement Rs.5.50-crore work in association with the BHEL

Clinching a deal: A.V.Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, and R.M.P.Jawahar, Executive Director, TREC-STEP, exchanging documents of a memorandum of understanding for cooperation under the project to develop a cluster for clean coal technologies in Tiruchi on Saturday. — Photo
A major European Union-assisted project to develop a cluster for clean coal technologies (CCT) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for the country's thermal power sector was launched here on Saturday.


The project would be implemented by the Tiruchi Regional Engineering College Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park (TREC-STEP) in partnership with the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. The main objective of the project is to help and equip the country's thermal power industry with clean coal technologies and to control and capture their carbon emissions.
The ambitious project aims at developing and deploying a dedicated technology cluster for CCT and CCS by involving the main players in the thermal power industry, policy makers, academics and international experts.
The total project outlay is Rs.5.50 crore. About 60 per cent of the project cost, amounting to Rs.3.30 crore, would be funded by the European Union, through the European Commission under the Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources. TREC-STEP and BHEL would jointly bear the remaining cost.
The project envisages the launch and management of a cluster hub, taking up studies for knowledge generation, capacity leverage programmes, benchmarking, internships, demonstration and deployment of CCT and CCS initiatives, incubating innovative clean coal technology ventures and documentation and dissemination of the technologies.
The first task of the project would be to bring key thermal power sector players on board for the launch of the CCS technology cluster hub. Around 10 to 15 power sector players would be involved in the project and the numbers would be increased to 30 by the end of the project. The entire plan of action is to be completed within 36 months and the project would be sustained thereafter.

Speaking at the launch of the project here, A.V.Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, said about 40 per cent of the cardon dioxide emission was produced by the thermal power plants. BHEL, a major power plant equipment manufacturer, was already working on improving efficiency of its equipment and pollution control mechanisms. The project taken by the BHEL and TREC-STEP would emerge as the platform of abundant expertise. The BHEL, he assured, would take the lead in identifying the players and international experts to bring the best of technologies in controlling carbon emissions.
Rajaram Nityananda, Chairman, TREC-STEP, said checking and capturing carbon emission posed a challenging problem and the project would bring about a synergy of expertise available among the academics and technocrats of the country in tackling the challenge.

S.Sundarrajan, Director, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchi, said the NIT would offer full R&D support for the project. The NIT, he said, has oriented itself to emerge as a centre of excellence and power products research centre and has entered into a strategic partnership with the BHEL.

S.Sridharan, president, Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (TIDITSSIA), said the project would help address and bring about solutions to an important challenge faced by the country's power sector.

R.M.P.Jawahar, Executive Director, TREC-STEP, said the country, being the third largest coal mining nation in the world, has a most compelling case for managing the rapidly increasing power requirement and the need to reduce carbon emissions. With the country committing itself to reduce by 20 to 25 per cent of its CO2 emission levels of 2005, the project would also be a technology response to assist the government in achieving this goal, he said.

Mr.Krishnan and Mr.Jawahar signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation under the project on the occasion.
Gita Chengappa, Manager, TREC_STEP, said this was the fourth EU-funded project that has been bagged by the organisation amidst stiff international competition. Bindu, project coordinator, proposed a vote of thanks.