Going Green

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Carbon Sequestration Projects

One solution to releasing carbon dioxide into the air through burning -- such as coal-fired electric plants -- is to capture that CO2 and sequester it in some fashion. I'm not sold on the idea. I guess I'm an idealist and am convinced there's got to be something better than injecting it into salt domes. Our government apparently likes to stick our waste into salt domes.

October 9, 2007

DOE Awards First Three Large-Scale Carbon Sequestration Projects
U.S. Projects Total $318 Million and Further President Bush’s Initiatives to Advance Clean Energy Technologies to Confront Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC — In a major step forward for demonstrating the promise of clean energy technology, U.S Deputy Secretary of Energy Clay Sell today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the first three large-scale carbon sequestration projects in the United States and the largest single set in the world to date. The three projects - Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership; Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership; and Southwest Regional Partnership for Carbon Sequestration - will conduct large volume tests for the storage of one million or more tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in deep saline reservoirs. DOE plans to invest $197 million over ten years, subject to annual appropriations from Congress, for the projects, whose estimated value including partnership cost share is $318 million. These projects are the first of several sequestration demonstration projects planned through DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships.

The formations to be tested during this third phase of the regional partnerships program are recognized as the most promising of the geologic basins in the United States. Collectively, these formations have the potential to store more than...(complete article here).

What will be the long-term impact of artificial CO2 sequestration? Hopefully these studies will give us a clue at least. In the meantime, I think we need to continue looking for better ways to handle it.

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