MITlogo2Current challenges in calculating CO₂ storage capacity and monitoring the performance of storage sites were brought to the table as part of a recent forum held in the US on innovation and progress in carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Prof Stuart Haszeldine, SCCS Director, presented an analysis of commercial quality CO₂ storage potential and included findings from the SCCS CO₂MultiStore Joint Industry Project, which will help guide the regional management of multi-user storage sites worldwide.

The 17th Annual CCS Forum hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in late October brought together CCS experts mainly from across North America. These meetings feature formal presentations but with ample opportunities for debate and close liaison between academic researchers, regulators, start-up and large businesses and government funders.

Prof Haszeldine was joined on the programme by IEAGHG Director, John Gale, who drew attention to the Special Issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, marking the tenth anniversary of IPCC’s Special Report on CO₂ Capture and Storage (currently available to download). And Dr David Reiner from the University of Cambridge reviewed technical and public milestones on CCS during the past ten years.

MIT’s Howard Herzog, who organises the forums, said he believed CCS now stood at a crossroads and must develop and reduce costs rapidly in order to be adopted into climate mitigation actions.

Dr Julio Friedman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy, also spoke about the US EPA Clean Power Plan, set to come into play next month. While CCS is not explicitly included in the plan, Dr Friedman said it is expected to be fitted or part-fitted to all new coal power plant and retrofitted on existing plant. He added that they would continue to fund CCS research and development, with the intention of moving some innovations through to pre-commercial pilots.

Download Prof Haszeldine's presentation, Geological Storage of CO₂ for CCS

From left: John Gale (IEAGHG); Jon Gibbins (UKCCSRC); Julio Friedman (DOE Office of Fossil Energy); Stuart Haszeldine (SCCS)

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