UKCCSC News 8 February 2008

Hi Folks,

I’m sure you’ve all noted the forthcoming UKCCSC progress meeting into your diaries, but just in case, it’s on March 19 – 20th at Heriot-Watt University here in Edinburgh.

If you’ve not booked yet, then there is accommodation available on campus at Heriot-Watt University, which at £39 per night is practically free by Edinburgh standards. In the city centre it costs more than that to stay in a cardboard box under a railway arch. Details (but no price, bizarrely) at:

http://www.edinburgh-conference.com/stay

2) Hannah sent another date for your over-worked diaries:

The Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum Workshop on Carbon Abatement Technologies. BERR Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London, 27 February.

Confirmed speakers for the Workshop include Malcolm Wicks – Minister for Energy and Lord Oxburgh – President CCS Association www.apgtf-uk.com

3) Now for the big news, if you’ve not seen it already:

“”Clean” Coal Power Plant Canceled–Hydrogen Economy, Too” Scientific American

“The U.S. government—and major U.S. banks—seem to have lost their appetite for coal. After spending five years and approximately $50 million on preliminary studies as well as selecting a proposed site in Mattoon, Ill., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has scuttled plans to build the so-called FutureGen power plant.”

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=clean-coal-power-plant-canceled-hydrogen-economy-too

Also Reuters and the Washington post:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUKN3041778520080130

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/30/AR2008013003621.html

4) “StatoilHydro (NYSE: STO) has partnered up with Dehradun, India’s state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corp. to develop carbon capture and storage and other environmentally friendly projects in India.” Cleantech

http://media.cleantech.com/2420/statoilhydro-ongc-to-look-at-carbon-capture-and-storage

5) The Awful-Acronym award goes to:

“The Alberta Saline Aquifer Project, or ASAP” Calgary Herald

“Enbridge Inc. and a group of 19 energy-related companies rolled out a new carbon storage project for Alberta Monday, building on momentum sparked by concerns about greenhouse gases — and the regulations around them.”

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/calgarybusiness/story.html?id=9104393a-f789-446f-93ba-2e8b92dc9053

6) More from Canada: “Governments of Canada and Alberta release Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force report” Canada News Centre

“The report, entitled Canada’s Fossil Energy Future: The Way Forward on Carbon Capture and Storage, provides advice on how governments and industry can work together to facilitate and support the development of carbon capture and storage opportunities in Canada.”

http://news.gc.ca/web/view/en/index.jsp?articleid=375729&categoryid=1&category=News+Releases

The report is at: www.nrcan.gc.ca and www.energy.gov.ab.ca.

That’s all Folks