03 Aug '11, 8am

Carbon Capture: Pipe Dream or Key to our Energy Challenges?

Carbon Capture: Pipe Dream or Key to our Energy Challenges?

CCS may be key to reducing carbon emissions, but installing it on America’s nearly 600 coal-fired power plants won’t be cheap. “The consumers’ [are] going to see an increase in the cost of electricity of 5 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour,” said Gary Rochelle, a chemical engineer at the University of Texas in Austin who has developed a technology to rinse carbon dioxide out of power plant smokestack emissions. “That’s a 50 to 100 percent increase in what they’ll be paying for electricity.” High operating costs may be a harbinger of CCS failure – utilities have already postponed or cancelled several CCS pilot programs.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/03/carbon-capture-pipe-d...

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