Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Melbourne, Australia today, highlighting “the excellent collaborative relationship our two nations enjoy.” That collaboration, especially on clean energy issues, expanded today with this announcement from the State Department:
The U.S. State Department has provided new funding of $500,000 to the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI), an initiative launched and funded by the Australian Government that the U.S. Department of Energy has formally joined. The United States and Australia, which have together announced over $6 billion of domestic funding to accelerate commercial deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), will use the Institute to disseminate lessons from their domestic CCS programs and employ combined expertise to lay the groundwork for future CCS projects in developing countries.
This comes on the heels of Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s announcement two months ago of the creation of a U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, a consortia that will be led by West Virginia University developing advanced clean coal technologies including carbon capture and storage.
In this edition of The Coal Wire, we explore what other countries are doing around the world when it comes to investing in, researching and developing CCS technologies:
CBC News – Greener Carbon Capture Comes Closer (10/28): “New Canadian research may help scientists design a system that captures carbon without guzzling water and energy like current methods do … But findings published Thursday in Science by a team of chemists from the University of Calgary and the University of Ottawa could help engineers design materials that suck up large amounts of carbon —‘without generating a lot of CO2 in capturing the carbon,’ said George Shimizu, one of the article’s six co-authors. He and his colleagues used a technique called X-ray crystallography to watch how carbon dioxide molecules get captured by a porous, solid carbon ‘trap.’ A solid material saves energy because no water has to be heated to recover the trapped carbon.”
Xinhua – EU Grants 150 Million Euros For CO2 Capture Plant In Netherlands (10/27): “The European Commission decided on Wednesday to provide a 150 million euros (about 206 U.S. dollars) grant for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project to a joint venture between power and gas companies in The Netherlands, namely E.ON and GDF Suez. The joint venture will construct a carbon capture plant in the Rotterdam port area to capture part of the CO2 emitted by E.ON’s coal-fired power plant. The captured CO2, which is expected to amount to 1.1 million tons a year, will be transported through a pipeline to a depleted gas field in the North Sea for storage.”
The Warsaw Voice – Cleaning Up Coal (10/29): “A technology for storing carbon dioxide underground and clean coal technologies including coal gasification directly in the bed—these are the main research programs of the Polish Clean Coal Technology Platform established by a group of energy-sector companies led by Vattenfall Poland … Both these technologies are of particular interest to Poland. By 2020, in line with the assumptions of the European Commission, the technology for the underground storage of CO2 is to become fully commercial. It is therefore necessary to overcome any technological, economic and legal barriers by that time.”
New Europe – European Parliament Green Lights Energy Projects (10/31): “The European Parliament’s Energy Committee on 26 October gave its green light to an agreement with the Council to free up €146 million of uncommitted funds to finance energy saving, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects … The EERP, which was launched in 2009, aims to boost economic recovery by funding energy projects such as cross-border gas and electricity inter-connectors, offshore wind parks, and Carbon Capture and Storage projects (CCS). In 2010 a total of €3.98 billion was earmarked for such plans.”
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