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100% Renewable, Really?

I hear on a regular basis, advocates of renewable energy telling audiences that we can go 100% renewable. Whilst this is a nice concept, and would certainly help achieve the Paris Agreement targets, I am afraid reality must at times prevail, as recent events in the UK suggest. In the UK this week, according to Bloomberg, we have gone 9 days with no...
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CATO Conference - Implementing CCUS in the Netherlands

CATO invited national and international stakeholders on the 6 th June to convene, inform one another, and share knowledge on recent advances on CCS in The Netherlands. The event covered both policy relevant topics and project developments. While Europe is committed to implement CCS, a firm strategy including the business case is still needed. Natio...
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IEAGHG Technical Report Now Open Source: 2017-09 Valuing Flexibility in CCS Power Plants

DOWNLOAD NOW:  http://documents.ieaghg.org/index.php/s/ueEtojvM5BwqzFG The objectives of the FlexEVAL study were to investigate the need for flexibility and the value of flexible CCS power plants to the UK electricity system. Most informed studies indicate that, to reduce future CO 2 emissions sufficiently, the share of fossil fuels to generat...
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GHGT-14 - Only 2 Days Left of Early bird Registration Rates (CLOSES JUNE 13)

https://events.csiro.au/en/Events/2017/September/20/GHGT-Conference-2017 Melbourne Convention Centre 21 - 26 October 2018 $990 - Early bird full registration $490 - Early bird student registration $750 - Early bird one-day registration (Please indicate date of attendance for one-day registration to be accepted)  All fees after this date will i...
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CCUS at ADB

​ ADB Centres of Excellence Workshop ​ An excellent idea, get some of the growing number of CCUS Centres of Excellence (CoE) around the world together to share strengths, best practices, and expertise. This was the idea of the Asian Development Bank who are funding several Centres of Excellence in the Asian region, and supported by UK BEIS they org...
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The Keeling Curve Frightens Me

The Keeling Curve, named after its inventor Charles David Keeling, is a wonderfully simple communication tool. It shows in a very descriptive way the increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 since the 1950s.   What frightens me is the trend it is showing. Between 1960 and 2015, we see a steady increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations fr...
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UK Back in the CCUS Game

I recently attended a workshop called "Delivering the Clean Growth Plan".For those that are not aware of the Clean Growth Plan this is a significant initiative that sets out the UK's agenda for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the next decade. The UK Government plans to spend £2.5bn to support low carbon innovation. A core elemen...
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Clean Energy Ministerial Launches CCUS Initiative: “A second birth for CCUS”

Yesterday in Copenhagen saw the launch of a new initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). To mark the launch, a Side-event was held. This brought together governments and industry to discuss strategic public-private partnerships to encourage deployment of CCUS. Terje Soviknes, Minister of...
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Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Challenge

The report of the experts workshop was launched yesterday in conjunction with a high level round-table at the Ministerial meeting of Mission Innovation in Malmo, Sweden. This substantial report (nearly 300 pages) sets out thirty 'priority research directions' for advancing the performance and reducing the costs of CO 2 capture, utilisation and stor...
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3rd International Workshop on Offshore CCS

The 3 rd International Workshop on Offshore CCS took place on 3-4 May, organised by the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) in collaboration with IEAGHG and others, and hosted by the Research Council of Norway in Oslo, with support from SANEDI and CSLF. The aim of the workshop series is to facilitate sharing of knowledge and experiences among those wh...
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US-Norway Collaboration Meeting

The 2018 meeting for the "US-Norway Collaboration on CCS/CCUS" was on 2 May in Oslo. For the first time it was open to observers, inviting those attending the Offshore CCS Workshop which starts the following day (which we are involved in). It was interesting to get sight of the collaborations between these two countries which both have great CCUS R...
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COP22 Starts

  Coming straight on the heels of the ratification of the Paris Agreement COP22 in Marrakech starts today. the COP22 will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages. At yesterday's openin...
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CCS : Essential for our future or a Trojan horse for big oil

I was invited to give a talk to a local Green Party meeting who wanted a debate on CCS. This was the Stroud Green Party, Stroud being a town in the scenic Cotswold Hills known for its number of green councillors, independent spirit and high level of environmental awareness. They titled the debate "CCS – Essential for our future or a Trojan horse fo...
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BD3 CCS Integrated Facility - Technical Capabilities

CTCN and the International CCS Knowledge Centre delivered a webinar on the 11 th April as update on the Carbon Capture and Storage facilities integrated in the Boundary Dam power plant in Canada. Emma Hannula, from CTCN, introduced Corwyn Bruce, who presented an overview of BD3 (Boundary Dam Unit 3), which is emitting 120-140 tCO 2 /GWh (as referen...
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Fourth Seismic Imaging completed across the Aquistore CO2 Storage site

In the latest PTRC news-letter the Saskatchewan based research organisation announced that the week of 13 th – 16 th March marked the fourth seismic imaging run conducted over the Aquistore site. This technique is an integral part of the sites's monitoring and measurement programme. Since injection began in 2015 over 140,000 tonnes have been stored...
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UKCCSRC biannual meeting: Delivering the new CCS agenda

Once again, the UKCCSRC has held their biannual meeting, which took place in the University of Cambridge during 26-27 th March. UKCCSRC leads and coordinates a programme of underpinning research on all aspects of CCS in support of basic science and UK government efforts on energy and climate change. This initiative receives support from the EPSRC a...
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Developing Environmental Monitoring for Offshore CO2 Storage Projects

  The STEMM-CCS project held its second annual meeting last week. This is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project that is developing environmental monitoring to test in-situ at a controlled release of CO 2 in the seabed at the Goldeneye location in the North Sea (see IEAGHG 2017-IP14). The project is coordinated by the UK's National Oceanography Cen...
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Astronauts and Climate Change

  It has struck me when listening to astronauts that very often their concern for the earth's environment is much enhanced after their experiences. Perhaps because of their unique perspective from space looking back at this planet, I guess they see that this bright blue/green planet is a small oasis of life in the vastness of space. This was r...
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Economic Boost for CCS and CCUS in the USA

News came out on 9 February that the US Budget Bill passed by congress and signed by the President into law included "FUTURE Act". This act contains an extension to the US tax credit for CCS and CCUS, known as 45Q. The existing version of 45Q provided a tax credit of $10 per tonne of CO 2 for anthropogenic CO 2 going to enhanced oil recovery, and $...
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Report from UTCCS-4 – a four year review of GCCC achievements

  The University of Texas held their biennial conference on CCUS, UTCCS-4 on the 30-31 January. This conference combines the Texas Carbon Management Program's amine-based capture research, the Gulf Coast Carbon Center's applied research in storage, and the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security program's more fundamental research i...
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