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Could expensive oil rescue CCS? A talk with energy expert Michael Levi | Global CCS Institute

As oil prices continue to skirt all-time highs, there’s been a gusher of coverage about how oil producers are turning to ever more costly technologies—from going to ultra deep, to mining tar sands—to eek more oil from the earth. Against this…

CCS’ prospects under Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz | Global CCS Institute

Ernest Moniz, President Obama’s newly nominated Energy Secretary, shares much with his predecessor, Steven Chu, outgoing head of the Department of Energy (DOE) and who is returning to an academic chair at Stanford University. Both men are prominent academic physicists, with…

Jeffrey Sachs’s bright vision at Climate Week | Global CCS Institute

In this post, Adam Aston takes a look at some of the singular messages contained withing Professor Jeffrey Sachs’ important address at Climate Week in New York. Below Adam’s analysis is a lightly edited transcript of Professor Sachs’ address. I…

Innovative funding for a groundbreaking CCUS plant: The financing behind TCEP’s polygen CCUS facility | Global CCS Institute

Over the past year, the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) has emerged at the front of a small pack of US projects that aim to sell their CO2 to oil drillers. By doing so, TCEP may just re-write the rules of…

Project update: Promising results of pilot tests for Codexis’ enzyme-based carbon capture system | Global CCS Institute

On 9 July, Codexis announced promising results from a pilot-scale demonstration of its enzyme-based carbon capture process at the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Alabama. The test, performed on flue gas from a Southern Co. coal-fired power plant, is the largest-ever successful demonstration of…

Computer modeling identifies optimal zeolites that could slash parasitic energy loss, and costs, for CO2 capture | Global CCS Institute

Dramatic advancements in software efficiency, hardware speed, and modeling accuracy have helped scientists assess a huge database of some 4 million CO2 absorbing minerals, pointing the way to new, lower-cost carbon capture methods. The researchers have identified a large group of…

NEORI’s promise: Pairing utilities with big oil to revitalize CCS development – Part 2 | Global CCS Institute

It’s rare that a big industry has a major appetite for the waste of another huge industry. Yet when that happens, shouldn’t it be a no-brainer for the two to get together and solve one another’s problems? In the case…

NEORI’s promise: Pairing utilities with big oil to revitalize CCS development – Part 1 | Global CCS Institute

What’s in a letter? In the case of carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, the ever more frequent addition of a U – short for use, or utilization – to the familiar acronym crystalizes a shift in thinking. Carbon dioxide is increasingly being seen…

MIT study refines estimate of CO2 storage capacity of US saline aquifers | GCCSI

Deep, saline aquifers in the US have sufficient capacity to sequester a century’s worth of CO2emissions from the nation’s coal-fired power plants, according to a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who published their findings in the Proceedings of the National…

Project update: In Canada, partners pull the plug on CA$1.4billion TransAlta CCS project | GCCSI

A group of energy companies abandoned a project to capture, use and store 1 million tons of CO2 per year from the flues of an Alberta coal-fired power plant. Pointing to weak project economics, TransAlta, Canada’s largest investor-owned electricity generator announced…