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Baby steps for CCS demonstration

Posted by Evan Herrnstadt on February 22, 2008

One of the most frustrating aspects of the DOE-FutureGen-pullout fiasco was that CCS is the sort of large-scale, high-risk technology that needs to be demonstrated. Thus, it’s good to see that Battelle began pumping 10,000 tons of CO2 into a saline aquifer. These underground veins are often touted as a major class of sequestration location for CCS.

“The (saltwater) formations that we’re looking at, there is very little known about them,” said John Litynski, project manager for the Department of Energy. “We’ll get a wealth of information just from doing these small projects.”

It is important to simply begin trying out this technology with CO2 that will otherwise be released into the atmosphere. The information gleaned will inform both investment and regulatory decision-making.

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One Response to “Baby steps for CCS demonstration”

  1. Susie said

    DOE’s also spending $318M over the next 10 years on these three projects, including pumping CO2 into different geological formations. http://www.fossil.energy.gov/news/techlines/2007/07072-DOE_Awards_Sequestration_Projects.html
    The sandstone formation storage is pretty intriguing… I just wish I better understood how it works.

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