UKCCSC News 20 November 2009

Hi Folks,

The Copenhagen talks are looming, and are been written off even before they start. So here are a few more positive items to brighten your day:

“The Queen’s Speech has outlined an Energy Bill” BBC (18 Nov)

“The bill will introduce legislation to support CCS, demonstrating the technology at a commercial scale.”

I think the above is the same as this news from the week before, but from a higher authority?

Ed Milliband “…detailed plans to raise up to £9.5bn through a levy on electricity bills to develop four carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects by 2020.” Independent (15 Nov)

2) Meanwhile back on the farm, the UK Government competition grinds slowly towards some sort of conclusion, with the result expected late this year, or late next year according to the article above:

“Boost to Scots bid for £1bn emissions cash as rival quits race” Scotsman (10 Nov)

“RWE npower yesterday confirmed it had decided withdraw from the competition, blaming the current economic situation”

“Professor Stuart Haszeldine, an expert in CCS at Edinburgh University, said there was now just “one obvious winner”.”

That would be Longannet powerstation, which you can almost see from Edinburgh.


“E.ON Enters Next Stage Of UK CCS Competition” Energy Business Review (10 Nov) with Kingsnorth.

“Paul Golby, CEO of E.ON, said: “We still firmly believe that we have the best scheme to meet the competition’s objectives of developing the UK’s first commercial-scale demonstration of CCS.”

“E.ON’s entry calls for a 270km subsea pipeline from the capture site to the depleted Hewett gas field in the southern North Sea using a 36 inches pipeline”

3) So presumably outwith the UK competition:

“RWE To Submit Plan To Build Carbon Capture Pilot Plant In UK” Energy Business Review (10 Nov)

“RWE npower will submit a planning application to build a carbon capture and storage (CCS) pilot project at its 1,500MW coal-fired power station at Aberthaw in South Wales. If approved, the plant will be capable of testing the capture process on emissions directly from the power station.”

4) They’re all at it (at last)?

“SSE [Scottish and Southern Energy] announce plans for UK’s biggest CCS trial” GreenWise (12 Nov)

“If planning is approved, SSE hopes that construction work for the £21 million trial at Ferrybridge coal-fired power station, near Castleford in Yorkshire, will start next year. It will run through to the end of 2012.

The CCS technology trial, which the power industry technology company Doosan Babcock will collaborate on, will be equivalent to five megawatts (MW) of coal-fired power generating capacity producing 100 tonnes of CO2 per day…”

5) “Carbon project started at AEP plant” Charlston Daily Mail (30 Oct)

“American Electric Power and Alstom, a French engineering company, built the project at AEP’s Mountaineer Plant in Mason County. It will capture carbon dioxide from the coal-fired plant and inject it into a permanent storage site more than 7,000 feet underground.

The project is designed to capture about 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from the plant’s flue gas stream. It will help validate the effectiveness of Alstom’s patented chilled ammonia process for carbon dioxide capture and the viability of storing the liquefied gas underground.”

6) “Obama, Japan PM to agree on green technology-report” Reuters (11 Nov)

“The United States and Japan will agree this week to cooperate in developing environmental and energy technologies, including capturing and storing emissions”

7) “China should reduce carbon intensity –report” Reuters (11 Nov)

“China should cut its carbon intensity every year by 4 or 5 percent if it wants to achieve a goal of low-carbon development by 2050, [Chinese] state media on Thursday cited a thinktank report as saying”

8) A summary of the impacts, or lack thereof, of Kyoto (the subject is Copenhagen):

“We cannot afford another Kyoto conference where fine words are exchanged but behaviour continues as normal.” Lord Browne, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, in the Telegraph (14 Nov)

Music to our ears:

“For many high-cost and high-priority technologies – such as carbon capture and storage systems for power plants – not enough is happening to stimulate research at the scale and pace required.”

9) A free holiday in Birmingham, don’t all rush at once! Organised by TUV-NEL in East Kilbride, from which Birmingham may appear an attractive destination?

“CCS – Concept to Reality “

25 Nov, Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK.

10) I guess London rates slightly higher than Birmingham on the tourism scale?

“Carbon Storage Opportunities In The North Sea” 24 – 25 March, Petroleum Group of the Geological Society (Burlington House)

Abstract deadline 1 December 09

11) Bruges is a better destination, for ‘Innovation for Sustainable Production’ – Bruges 18-21 April 2010

Extended abstracts are invited for (amongst others): Theme 5 Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Deadline for abstract submission is November 27 2009

The registration fee for the conference is 450 Euro (incl. VAT) and 250 Euro (incl. VAT) for students.

12) How about Potsdam, Berlin?

“Geothermal Energy and CO2 Storage: Synergy or Competition?”

10 – 11 Feb 2010;jsessionid=F053EB9A1E5FA5D0B04672A34B8ACEA6?$part=CmsPart&docId=3673232

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