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The Carbon-Capture Dream Is Dying

Energy Collective:

The collapse of a Dutch “clean coal” power project has ended near-term prospects for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in European power generation. That leaves proponents of the technology having to turn instead to smaller, industrial applications, writes energy analyst and consultant Gerard Wynn. But while CCS may make sense on a more limited scale, big problems remain there too, he adds. This article was first published on the blog of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and on Gerard Wynn’s and Gerard Reid’s Energy and Carbon blog.

European utilities Uniper and Engie in June announced they were walking away from a Dutch CCS project  known as ROAD (Rotterdam Opslag en Afvang Demonstratieproject or Rotterdam Capture and Storage Demonstration Project). ROAD is the last proposal standing for a large-scale coal or gas power CCS project in Europe. Its demise followed cancellation of CCS funding in Britain, ending prospects for a European commercial-scale demonstration power plant.

The bigger outlook for CCS in power generation is bleak, especially after the collapse of the clean coal Kemper County plant in the U.S., although to be sure that had as much to do with the use of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology as CCS.

The Carbon-Capture Dream is Dying

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