Putting CCS to the test
Norway is set to be the proving ground for large-scale carbon capture and sequestration. Despite delays and spiralling costs, the country's hope to be the first to develop a commercial, industrial-scale facility may become reality. Justin Jacobs reports from the Mongstad test facility
IF THE world is going to continue burning fossil fuels,
carbon capture and storage (CCS) will have to be a critical
tool in the fight against climate change, the International
Energy Agency (IEA) warned in a July roadmap report for the
technology. It was the latest in series of similar calls made
over the past few years to try and rally greater political and
industry support for CCS. Yet development of CCS - a suite of
technologies that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from
power plants and other industrial sites and transports the
greenhouse gas to underground reservoirs for storage - has been
painfully slow. Although the individual components involved in
the CCS process have been in use for some time, they have still
not yet been brought together in an industrial-scale commercial
project. The technology has been hampered by high costs and a
lack of incentives, most notably an...
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