May 01 2010

CCS Seemed like a bit of a pipe dream

Published by admin at 9:47 am under Uncategorized

Carbon capture and storage “is not a practical means to provide any substantive reduction in CO2 emissions, although it has been repeatedly presented as such by others.” That’s what Engineering researchers from Texas have concluded.

In an article just published in the Journal of Petroleum Science And Engineering, researchers Michael Economides and Christine Ehlig-Economides find that the storage requirements for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) are so great as to be unfeasible.  Unfeasable in the sense that the current estimates are 5 to 20 times lower than that which is likely needed.  In other words, a storage space the size of a U.S. state would be needed just to store the CO2 output of one single power plant.

Pipe dream indeed.

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