DOE CCS Roadmap

A report released in December 2010 by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) says it may take 20 more years for carbon capture and storage to become commercially available.

The report states that the combustion of fossil fuels for electricity generation plays an integral role in the energy security and global economic competitiveness of the United States. According to Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates, fossil fuels accounted for approximately 71 percent of total U.S. electricity generation in 2008. However, fossil fuel combustion results in the emission of large quantities of CO2 such that the U.S. power generation sector produced more than 40 percent of total U.S. anthropogenic CO2 emissions in 2008.

One technology being studied to decrease the amount of CO2 released from these power plants is carbon capture and storage (CCS). The report states that CCS encompasses the entire life-cycle process for controlling CO2 emissions from large-scale point sources such as coal-based power plants. By cost-effectively capturing CO2 before it is emitted to the atmosphere and then permanently storing it, coal can continue to be used without restricting economic growth while still reducing carbon emissions to the atmosphere. CCS includes four primary steps: CO2 capture, compression, transport, and storage.

Click here to read the entire report

Read more Emissions news and features



Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...