NETL Releases Report On The Scales Of Carbon Capture Development

NETL Releases Report On The Scales Of Carbon Capture Development - Carbon Herald

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has just published a report explaining the scale at which carbon capture technology is being developed. 

Titled ‘Understanding Scales And Capture Rates For Point-Source Carbon Capture Technology Development’, the new report details the efforts of the US government aimed at developing the climate solution.

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) is laser-focused on achieving the government’s ambitious goals: zero-carbon electricity production by 2035 and eliminating all US greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

To get there, FECM throws its weight behind research and development (R&D) projects. These projects aim to make capturing carbon from power plants and factories cheaper, better, and more widespread. They also focus on permanently storing the captured carbon.

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FECM is developing technologies that can grab a whopping 95% or more of the carbon emissions a facility produces. 

To get carbon capture technology ready for real-world use, FECM typically runs a series of R&D projects that get progressively bigger and more complex. It all starts small, with lab experiments. 

Next, testing is moved on to pilot projects, which try out the technology in a controlled environment that mimics real-world conditions. 

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Finally, the technology is put to the test in a full-scale demonstration project at an actual, operating power plant or factory.

Since there’s only so much money available for R&D, FECM spends wisely. 

They design projects to achieve research goals at the most cost-effective scale and environment possible. 

This means pilot and demonstration projects often capture carbon from a portion of the facility’s emissions, rather than everything.

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