Australia science agency backs carbon capture

Canberra, Australia, March 29, 2012 — The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia's national science agency released a report saying carbon capture technology can work in Australian coal-fired power stations.

Scientists have been testing carbon capture in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, as part of a $20 million program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

CSIRO spokesman Paul Feron says the system works but it reduces the efficiency of power stations by about 30 percent, but he is confident they can improve upon that.

"In the last 20 years we've seen a performance improvement of already 50 percent and so we're making good progress already," he said.

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