UKCCSC News 12 April 2007

Hi Folks,

Details of the Progress Meeting details in Nottigham, 18 – 19th April are at:

http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/ccs/UKCCSC/Nottingham07.html

Other stories:

1) “Europe’s leading energy utility, Vattenfall, has begun test runs of a new technology aimed at capturing carbon dioxide at power plants. A pilot plant went into operation in the eastern town of Jänschwalde Thursday.”

Apparently they burn lignite here, a very low grade coal, and the new technology is oxyfuel firing. However:

“Vattenfall has yet to find proper storage facilities for the captured CO2, but claims that this should not be a problem as exhausted natural gas deposits, for example, are well suited for that.”

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2435433,00.html

2) Thanks to Hannah Chalmers for the next item:

The UK Energy Research Centre today announces the launch of its new Sparks Network for early-career energy researchers Sparks is a branch of UKERC’s National Energy Research Network (NERN), and is set up specifically for all PhD students, early post-docs and research assistants working on the energy sector. It will promote interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas on all aspects of energy systems – technical, environmental, economic and social. It opens with a challenging seminar on Retro-fitting and Domestic Demand Reduction, May 9th in London.

Go to the UKERC website (http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/index.php) and click on “Events” in the sidebar.

3) “The cement industry is an active participant in a preliminary project being carried out by the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D programme to determine the practicalities of applying carbon capture and storage (CCS) to cement manufacture.” There’s not much more info, but the story is at:

http://www.politics.co.uk/in-focus/domestic-policy/environment/carbon-offsetting/cement-industry-sets-out-its-work-help-tackle-climate-change-$470790.htm

 4) An MIT report into the future of coal concludes: “CCS is the critical enabling technology because it allows significant reduction in CO2 emissions while allowing coal to meet future energy needs”

http://web.mit.edu/coal/

5) ‘Carbon-capture trials safest way forward’ – Laurens Rademakers, Biopact. This article is about storing CO2 from biofuels, and is certainly interesting reading.

http://www.euractiv.com/en/energy/carbon-capture-trials-safest-way-forward-laurens-rademakers-biopact/article-162956