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Interview with Mike Gibbons, Chair of the Steering Committee of the European CCS Demonstration Project Network

This is an excerpt from an article  published in March edition of  Science and Technology Magazine by Pan European Networks. Read the full article  ‘Capturing Europe’s attention’ here

 

Member of the European CCS Demonstration Project Network - the Rotterdam Capture and Storage Demonstration Project (ROAD) recently completed a report for the Global CCS Institute identifying the opportunities for integrating carbon capture process with the main power generation process and for optimising the efficiency of the power plant and carbon capture unit.

Whether at United Nations climate change summits or one of the many 'green growth' forums, renewables and energy efficiency are consistently regarded as the solution to global warming. Even the coal industry adopted the efficiency line in its Warsaw Communiqué, released ahead of the UN's climate change summit last November. But a closer look at the global energy system, together with a more refined understanding of the emissions challenge, reveals that fossil fuels will likely remain dominant throughout this century — meaning that carbon capture and storage (CCS) may well be the critical technology for mitigating climate change. 

The European parliament's Strasbourg plenary session has voted to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) with a large majority.

This report focuses on the integration of the existing coal-fired 1 070 MW Unit 3 of Maasvlakte Power Plant (MPP3) with the proposed new 250 MW scale carbon capture plant of the Rotterdam Opslag en Afvang Demonstratieproject (ROAD).

The City Deal will see the Tees Valley become a global pioneer in CCS, with a business model that will not only see investment in the area but also reduce industrial carbon emissions.

The report on the experience of CCS demonstration projects in the EU with the transposition of the CCS Directive is now available for download

The Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey opened the Drax coal-to-biomass conversion plant, and announced that the Government was awarding funding to further the White Rose CCS project.
 

The GHGT conferences are held every two years in IEAGHG's member countries and have become a focal point for international research on CO2 capture and storage. The conference series rotates between North America, Europe and Asia. GHGT-12 will be held on 5th-9th October 2014, in Austin, Texas, USA.

CCS is listed under the call Competitive Low - Carbon Energy where the proposals are invited for “Enabling decarbonisation of the fossil fuel-based power sector and energy intensive industry through CCS”. 

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