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Leading China Closer To CCS
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Wednesday, Nov 21, 2007
Source: SCIENCEDAILY
Article Type: Cited

China's carbon dioxide emissions from using coal are set to double by 2030, the scale of which is significant in the context of mitigating global climate change. In view of the essential role of coal in China's energy system, it is vital to minimize emissions where coal is used.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) recently attended the launch of the Near Zero Emissions Coal (NZEC) Phase 1 study in Beijing, China. The aim of this study is to look at the feasibility of building coal fired power plants in China fitted with CO2 capture and storage (CCS). NZEC implements the vision of realizing a large scale Near Zero Emissions Coal demonstration in China as agreed at the EU-China Summit in September 2005.

Dr. Nick Riley MBE, Head of Science for Energy at BGS said: "CCS offers the opportunity to reduce emissions per unit of electricity by 85-90%. Large-scale deployment of CCS in China has potential to significantly reduce future greenhouse gas emissions".

The geotechnical aspects of the research will involve selecting strategic sedimentary basins to be mapped for potential regional CO2 storage assessments (geocapacity), followed by more detailed assessment of sites potentially suitable for a demonstration of CO2 storage in China linked to a demonstration of CO2 capture from a coal-fired power station. A Geographical Information System (GIS) linking current and planned large CO2 point sources to potential geological storage options will be constructed.

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