BCG’s analysis finds that cellulosic ethanol is on the verge of becoming cost-competitive with gasoline at $3/gal US. Click to enlarge. Advanced biofuels, concentrated solar power (CSP), and solar photovoltaic power (PV) will see accelerating adoption and growth and are on track to change the global energy mix far earlier... Read more →

DOE to Award $25M to Two Consortia for US-China Clean Energy Research with Combined Funding of $100M; Focus on EVs and Carbon Capture and Sequestration

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award two consortia—one led by the University of Michigan and one led by the West Virginia University—a total of $25 million over the next five years under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The funding will be matched by the grantees to... Read more →

Examples of emerging oil sands related technologies and trade-offs. Credit: ACS, Bergerson and Keith. Click to enlarge. Although it is technically possible to make deep reductions in oil sands well-to-tank greenhouse gas emissions through the use of technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the co-firing of biomass... Read more →

Federal Task Force Concludes CCS is Viable, But Carbon Price Is Critical; Sends Recommendations to President Obama on Fostering the Technology

President Obama’s Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), co-chaired by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), delivered a series of recommendations to the president on overcoming the barriers to the widespread, cost-effective deployment of CCS within 10 years. The report concludes... Read more →

Coiled platinum before (left), and after (right), carbon capture @ 750 °C in molten carbonate. Carbon dioxide fed into the electrolysis chamber is converted to solid carbon in a single step. Credit: ACS, Licht et al. Click to enlarge. Dr. Stuart Licht at George Washington University and colleagues have published... Read more →

Life-cycle GHG emissions from fossil and alternative sources of electricity. Credit: ACS, Kharecha et al.Click to enlarge. CO2 emissions from US coal-fired power plant could be phased out entirely by 2030 using existing technologies or ones that could be commercially competitive with coal within about a decade, according to a... Read more →

ARPA-E Selects 37 Projects for $106M in Funding in Second Round; Electrofuels, Better Batteries and Carbon Capture

The US Department of Energy is awarding $106 million in funding for 37 research projects selected in the second round by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). (Earlier post.) ARPA-E’s first solicitation awarded $151 million to 37 projects aimed at transformational innovations in energy storage, biofuels, carbon capture, renewable... Read more →

NETL Soliciting R&D Projects for Co-Production of Power, Fuels, and Chemicals via Coal/Biomass Mixtures

The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting research projects that will address key challenges related to the utilization of coal-biomass mixtures for co-production of power and hydrogen, fuels, and/or chemicals. NETL estimates total program funding for the cooperative... Read more →

Honeywell’s UOP Awarded DOE Funding for CO2 Capture And Nitrogen Wastewater Reduction Through Algae Growth for Biofuels and Energy

UOP, a Honeywell company, has been awarded a $1.5 million cooperative agreement from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a project to demonstrate technology to capture carbon dioxide and produce algae for use in biofuel and energy production. The funding will be used for the design of a demonstration... Read more →

ARPA-E Soliciting Second Round of Proposals; $100 Million for Advanced Energy Research Projects, with Focus on CO2-to-Liquid Fuels, Plug-in Batteries and Carbon Capture

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $100 million in funding for the second round of transformational energy research projects to be supported by the Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E’s first solicitation, announced earlier this year, was highly competitive and resulted in awarding $151 million... Read more →

ARPA-E Awards $151M to 37 Projects for Transformative Energy Research

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 37 energy research projects for $151 million in funding through the recently formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). This is the first round of projects funded under ARPA-E, which is receiving total of $400 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Among... Read more →

Normalized well-to-wake GHG emissions for low-, baseline- and high-emission cases for jet fuel pathways under different land use change scenarios. From Hileman et al. Click to enlarge. A joint MIT/RAND study of the near-term commercial feasibility of alternative jet fuels has concluded that three types of alternative jet fuels may... Read more →

UTEP Awarded Nearly $1.3M for 4 DOE Projects On Engine and Turbine Efficiency and CO2 Capture

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded The University of Texas at El Paso grants totaling nearly $1.3 million for research to improve the efficiency of engines and creating technologies for detecting, capturing and storing carbon emissions. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Chintalapalle V. Ramana, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of... Read more →

Illustration of the carbon capture plant. Click to enlarge. A pilot project by We Energies, Alstom and The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) testing an Alstom advanced chilled ammonia process (earlier post) has demonstrated more than 90% capture of carbon dioxide from the flue stream of a coal-fueled power plant... Read more →

Overview of the Quest CCS project. Click to enlarge. The provincial government of Alberta and the federal government of Canada will invest C$865 million (US$822 million) in a large-scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in the Athabasca oil sands. The province signed a Letter of Intent with Shell Canada... Read more →

Net life cycle GHG emissions of five CO2-EOR projects used as case studies. Credit: ACS, Jaramillo et al. Click to enlarge. Using CO2 injection for enhanced oil recovery (EOR)—an established commercial practice that currently annually consumes some 50 million metric tons of CO2 (the majority from natural accumulations)—has also been... Read more →

DOE Makes First Awards from $1.4B for Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 12 projects for the first round of funding from $1.4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the capture carbon dioxide from industrial sources for storage or beneficial use. The first phase of these projects will include $21.6 million in... Read more →

DOE Selects 19 Projects to Monitor and Evaluate Geologic CO2 Storage

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 19 projects to enhance the capability to simulate, track, and evaluate the potential risks of carbon dioxide storage in geologic formations. The projects’ total value is approximately $35.8 million over four years, with $27.6 million of DOE funding and $8.2 million of... Read more →

An unusual bowl-shaped molecule that pulls carbon dioxide out of the air may provide new possibilities for dealing with global warming. The CO3-2 group is shown in the center. Credit: ACS. Click to enlarge. The accidental discovery of a bowl-shaped molecule that pulls carbon dioxide out of the air suggests... Read more →

High-pressure CH4 isotherms for COFs measured at 298 K. Credit: ACS. Click to enlarge. COFs (covalent organic frameworks)—thermally stable and highly functional crystalline organic networks—are among the most porous and the best adsorbents for hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide, according to a new study by Professor Omar Yaghi and postdoc... Read more →

DOE to Award $2.4B in Funding for Carbon Capture, Storage and Reuse Projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $2.4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand and accelerate the commercial deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and reuse technology. The Department is posting Notices of Intent to issue this funding, supporting the following initiatives: Clean Coal... Read more →

ZEP Unveils Proposal for EU Demonstration Program to Accelerate Deployment and Availability of CCS

The demonstration phase will require funding to close the gap between the cost of CCS and the price of carbon. Click to enlarge. The European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) unveiled a report outlining the rapid deployment of an EU-wide CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS)... Read more →

In-Situ Carbonation of Peridotite Offers Large Scale Capacity for Permanent Storage of CO2

Researchers at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have concluded that the in situ carbonation of peridotite, a type of rock found at or near the surface in Oman and other areas around the world, could consume more than 1 billion tons of CO2 per year in Oman alone, affording a... Read more →

RAND Study Concludes Oil Sands Synthetic Crude Can Be Cost-Competitive with Conventional Petroleum Even Over a Wide Range of CO2 Prices

Estimated unit costs of SCO from steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) with upgrading, with and without CCS, and of conventional crude oil in 2025, versus different costs of CO2 emissions. Click to enlarge. Source: RAND A new report from RAND concludes that in 2025, synthetic crude oil (SCO) produced from oil... Read more →

McKinsey Report Concludes CCS Could Be Economic at New Power Plants by 2030

While many CCS component technologies are relatively mature, to date there are no fully integrated, commercial-scale CCS projects in operation. Click to enlarge. Source: McKinsey Carbon capture and storage (CCS) at new power plants could become economic by 2030, according to a new report by management consultancy McKinsey & Co.... Read more →

DOE to Provide $36 Million to Advance Carbon Dioxide Capture from Coal-Fired Power Plants

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $36 million for 15 projects aimed at furthering the development of new and cost-effective technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide from the existing fleet of coal-fired power plants. Research areas supported in the award include membrane technology; solvents; solid sorbents; oxycombustion,... Read more →

Deep-Sea Basalt Rocks May Offer Vast Repository for CO2

Deep-sea basalt region for CO2 burial. Red outline shows where water depth exceeds 2,700 meters and sediment thickness exceeds 200 meters; hatched areas show where sediment thickness exceeds 300 meters. Seamounts and areas near plate boundaries or continental shelf are excluded. Click to enlarge. Credit: Goldberg et al. Deep-sea basalt... Read more →

DOE to Invest Approximately $1.3B to Commercialize CCS Technology in Revamped FutureGen Program

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to invest in multiple commercial-scale Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) or other advanced coal power plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology under the Department’s restructured FutureGen program. (Earlier post.) The solicitation is seeking multiple cost-shared... Read more →

UK Regional Development Agency, Industry Partners Propose US$3.9B Pipeline Network for CO2

Yorkshire Forward, the development agency for the Yorkshire and Humber region in the UK, along with some of the UK’s largest energy and industrial companies, released a study concluding that a carbon capture and storage (CCS) network into which emitters link would be the most cost effective CO2 transportation option... Read more →

DOE Awards $126.6M for Two More Large-Scale Carbon Sequestration Projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $126.6 million to the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB) and the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) for the DOE's fifth and sixth large-scale carbon sequestration projects. These industry partnerships, which are part of DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration... Read more →

Research to Explore Polymer Catalytic Membrane Systems for the Capture and Recovery of CO2

A materials chemist working in the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) at The University of Manchester (UK), has won £150,000 (US$296,000) of new funding to explore the use of a special polymer in a catalytic membrane system to capture and recover CO2 from power plants. Dr. Peter Budd’s project, funded... Read more →

University of Calgary Launches Gigatonne Carbon Storage Study

The University of Calgary (U of C) is launching a Gigatonne carbon storage study. The Wabamun Area CO2 Sequestration Project will assess the geological and technical requirements, economic feasibility and technical and regulatory issues related to the potential to safely store up to 1,000 megatonnes of CO2. The 16-month assessment... Read more →

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Announces Inaugural Global Research Partnership Investigator Winners

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has named the winners of its Global Research Partnership (GRP) Investigator competition. Twelve international scientists—among them Dr. Yi Cui at Stanford (silicon nanowires for li-ion batteries) and Dr. Bruce Logan at Penn State (microbial fuel cells)—were selected as KAUST... Read more →

Government of Canada to Require New Oil Sands Operations to Implement Carbon Capture and Storage Starting in 2012

Projected reductions in the future growth of greenhouse gas emissions based on the Turning the Corner Plan. Click to enlarge. The Government of Canada has published details of its regulatory framework originally announced on 26 April 2007 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The newly published requirements include setting a target... Read more →

Los Alamos Developing Process for CO2 Capture and Stripping from Air for Synthetic Fuels Production

Process flow diagram for CO2 capture and recovery based on the Green Freedom electrolytic stripping process. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a process—called Green Freedom—for large-scale production of carbon-neutral, sulfur-free fuels and organic chemicals from air and water. The primary targets for the Green... Read more →

Proposed Department of Energy Budget for 2009 Boosts Coal, Nuclear, Science and Biomass Programs; Reduces H2, Solar and Vehicle Technology Funding

The proposed budget for the US Department of Energy (DOE) in the President’s 2009 Budget outlines discretionary program spending of about $26 billion, up 3.2% from the estimated spending for FY 2008. The proposed budget significantly boosts spending on coal and nuclear technologies and the DOE Science program, with a... Read more →

Canada-Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force Report Says CCS Vital for Canada’s Future, Calls for Allocation of C$2B in New Public Funding Among Other Actions

The Governments of Canada and Alberta have released the final report of the Canada-Alberta ecoENERGY Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force. The report, entitled Canada’s Fossil Energy Future: The Way Forward on Carbon Capture and Storage, calls Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) “vital to Canada’s future, and...a must-have for western... Read more →

DOE Restructures Its Approach to FutureGen

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is restructuring its commitment and approach to the planned $1.5-billion FutureGen project, which would have resulted in the construction and operation of a prototype 275 MW plant that would co-produce electricity and hydrogen from coal with essentially zero emissions, including carbon dioxide emissions, which... Read more →

Aker Reorganizes CO2 Capture Business; Building Capture Unit at Kårstø with Biomass-Fueling Under Development

Just Catch is a post-combustion amine scrubbing technology. Click to enlarge. Aker Kvaerner is transferring its Just Catch amine absorption technology for post-combustion CO2 capture to the company Aker Clean Carbon, which will focus on developing CO2 capture projects. Aqueous amine solutions function as an absorbent that binds CO2 for... Read more →

DOE Awards $66.7 Million for Large-Scale Carbon Sequestration Project; Ethanol Plant the CO2 Source

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) has awarded $66.7 million to the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) for the Department’s fourth large-scale carbon sequestration project. The award to MGSC is the fourth of seven awards in the third phase of the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program. In October, the DOE awarded... Read more →

Climos Receives First Methodology for Ocean Iron Fertilization from EcoSecurities, Signs with DNV for Validation

Climos, a company that is developing an ocean iron fertilization technology for the biogeochemical storage of carbon in the ocean, announced that EcoSecurities—one of the world’s leading companies in the business of originating, developing and trading carbon credits—has prepared a draft version of a methodology for Ocean Iron Fertilization (OIF),... Read more →

Leeds Study Indicates that Sequestered CO2 Can React Quickly with Underground Reservoir Rock for Safe Storage

Storing carbon dioxide deep below the earth’s surface could be a safe, long-term solution due to the reaction of the gas with the host pore waters and rocks on a human time scale, according to researchers at the University of Leeds (UK). The study found that sandstone reacts with injected... Read more →

EU Research Project on Pre-Combustion Carbon Capture for Coal- and Gas-Fired Plants

Simplified process diagram of pre-combustion concept. Click to enlarge. Source: ENCAP Norway’s SINTEF will lead a European research project on advanced pre-combustion CO2 capture for coal- and gas-fired power stations. The DECARBit project, which will be coordinated by SINTEF Energy Research, will last for four years, with a total budget... Read more →

Coal-to-Liquids Producer Forms JV for Algae Bioreactor for CO2 Conversion

Linc Energy Ltd, the Australian company developing the Chinchilla Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) to Gas to Liquids (GTL) facility (earlier post and earlier post), has formed a joint venture with BioCleanCoal Pty Ltd to develop an algae bioreactor for the conversion of process CO2 into oxygen and biomass. The joint... Read more →

China and UK Launch Near Zero Emissions Coal Phase 1 Study

The governments of China and the UK formally launched the Near Zero Emissions Coal (NZEC) Phase 1 study in Beijing, China. The aim of the Phase 1 appraisal study is to look at the feasibility of building coal-fired power plants in China fitted with CO2 capture and storage (CCS). NZEC... Read more →

Researchers Develop New Method for Ocean Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide Through Accelerated Weathering of Volcanic Rocks

Researchers from Harvard and Penn State have developed a new method to enhance removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and place it in the Earth’s oceans for storage. The work is described in a paper in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The process is a manipulation of the... Read more →

NRG and Powerspan Announce Large-Scale Demonstration of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) for Coal-Fired Power Plants

Layout of an integrated ECO-ECO2 installation for pollution control and carbon capture. Click to enlarge. NRG Energy, Inc. and Powerspan Corp. will work together to demonstrate at commercial scale Powerspan’s ammonia-based carbon dioxide capture technology, called ECO2 (earlier post) from a conventional coal-fired electric power plant. Under a memorandum of... Read more →

University of Texas to Begin First Long-Term Underground CO2 Storage Test in US

The test will demonstrate CO2 storage in the Tuscaloosa-Woodbine geologic system that stretches from Texas to Florida. Injection will occur near the Cranfield oil field. Click to enlarge. The Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin has received a 10-year, $38 million subcontract to conduct the... Read more →

AEP to Sell Captured CO2 to SemGreen for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Chilled ammonia process plant footprint. Click to enlarge. Source: AEP American Electric Power (AEP) and SemGreen L.P., a subsidiary of SemGroup L.P., have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the delivery and use of carbon dioxide captured by a planned commercial-scale carbon capture system on AEP subsidiary Public Service... Read more →

DOE to Award $197M to First Three Large-Scale Carbon Sequestration Projects

The Bellona strategy for reducing CO2 emissions including the contribution of the three primary elements: energy efficiency, renewables and CCS. Click to enlarge. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $197M to the first three large-scale carbon sequestration projects in the United States and the largest single set in... Read more →