Even in tough economic times, it’s still possible to come across a positive headline or two in the news.
For instance, it was nice to read a few stories today about the teams of researchers who are hard at work building the next generation of clean coal technologies, including ones that will capture and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2).
Alstom Power and Dow Chemical announced today they are building a pilot plant to capture about 1,800 tons per year of CO2 from the flue gas of a coal-fired boiler in South Charleston, W.Va.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Energy is joining Archer Daniels Midland in financing a seven-year program to show the viability of underground CO2 storage. Soon, teams will begin injecting CO2 into mile-deep rock formations. The formal groundbreaking is April 6.
These are exciting times. Already, technology has made coal 77 percent cleaner in terms of emissions currently regulated under existing Clean Air Act programs per unit of energy produced. And with continued advances, clean coal technologies will soon include technologies that capture and store CO2.