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Two synergies for CCUS witnessed at NETL Storage and Capture Meetings in Pittsburgh

It can be wonderful when things coincide to a synergistic benefit. I witnessed two examples this week, one of a practical convenience, the other of game-changing significance. The two annual review meetings of the US DOE's R,D&D programs in CO2 capture and storage were running in parallel this year in Pittsburgh, enabling attendees to attend pa...
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2018 IEAGHG CCS Summer School

Gosh how quickly a week can go by when you are deeply engaged in receiving a lot of information. Well that was how our Summer School felt to us. We were very pleased to have our 12th International CCS Summer School hosted by the Norwegian CCS Research Centre in Trondheim, with 58 students from 24 countries. Covering all aspects of CCS presented by ...
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CCUS at ADB

​ADB Centres of Excellence Workshop ​ An excellent idea, get some of the growing number of CCUS Centres of Excellence (CoE) around the world together to share strengths, best practices, and expertise. This was the idea of the Asian Development Bank who are funding several Centres of Excellence in the Asian region, and supported by UK BEIS they orga...
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Clean Energy Ministerial Launches CCUS Initiative: “A second birth for CCUS”

Yesterday in Copenhagen saw the launch of a new initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). To mark the launch, a Side-event was held. This brought together governments and industry to discuss strategic public-private partnerships to encourage deployment of CCUS. Terje Soviknes, Minister of...
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Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Challenge

The report of the experts workshop was launched yesterday in conjunction with a high level round-table at the Ministerial meeting of Mission Innovation in Malmo, Sweden. This substantial report (nearly 300 pages) sets out thirty 'priority research directions' for advancing the performance and reducing the costs of CO2 capture, utilisation and stora...
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3rd International Workshop on Offshore CCS

The 3rd International Workshop on Offshore CCS took place on 3-4 May, organised by the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) in collaboration with IEAGHG and others, and hosted by the Research Council of Norway in Oslo, with support from SANEDI and CSLF. The aim of the workshop series is to facilitate sharing of knowledge and experiences among those who...
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US-Norway Collaboration Meeting

The 2018 meeting for the "US-Norway Collaboration on CCS/CCUS" was on 2 May in Oslo. For the first time it was open to observers, inviting those attending the Offshore CCS Workshop which starts the following day (which we are involved in). It was interesting to get sight of the collaborations between these two countries which both have great CCUS R...
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CCS : Essential for our future or a Trojan horse for big oil

I was invited to give a talk to a local Green Party meeting who wanted a debate on CCS. This was the Stroud Green Party, Stroud being a town in the scenic Cotswold Hills known for its number of green councillors, independent spirit and high level of environmental awareness. They titled the debate "CCS – Essential for our future or a Trojan horse fo...
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Developing Environmental Monitoring for Offshore CO2 Storage Projects

 The STEMM-CCS project held its second annual meeting last week. This is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project that is developing environmental monitoring to test in-situ at a controlled release of CO2 in the seabed at the Goldeneye location in the North Sea (see IEAGHG 2017-IP14). The project is coordinated by the UK's National Oceanography Centr...
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Astronauts and Climate Change

 It has struck me when listening to astronauts that very often their concern for the earth's environment is much enhanced after their experiences. Perhaps because of their unique perspective from space looking back at this planet, I guess they see that this bright blue/green planet is a small oasis of life in the vastness of space. This was re...
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Economic Boost for CCS and CCUS in the USA

News came out on 9 February that the US Budget Bill passed by congress and signed by the President into law included "FUTURE Act". This act contains an extension to the US tax credit for CCS and CCUS, known as 45Q. The existing version of 45Q provided a tax credit of $10 per tonne of CO2 for anthropogenic CO2 going to enhanced oil recovery, and $20...
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Report from UTCCS-4 – a four year review of GCCC achievements

 The University of Texas held their biennial conference on CCUS, UTCCS-4 on the 30-31 January. This conference combines the Texas Carbon Management Program's amine-based capture research, the Gulf Coast Carbon Center's applied research in storage, and the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security program's more fundamental research in...
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CSLF Ministerial in the United Arab Emirates

 The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) meetings in Abu Dhabi, UAE, were held from 4-6 December and concluded with the 7th CSLF Ministerial Meeting. The CSLF is a government-to-government agreement on developing CCS, it started in 2003 and now has 25 member countries and the European Commission, and consists of a Technical Group, a P...
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End of COP-23

 There will be much analysis into the details coming out of COP-23, but my short summary is as follows. Progress was made in general in the details of the 'rulebook' for the Paris Agreement, but there is a lot of work still to do. As a result it is suggested there may need to be an extra UNFCCC Parties meeting before COP-24 in order to be read...
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IEAGHG at COP-23. End of week one

 On Saturday we reached the end of the first week of COP-23, which is meeting in Bonn from 6 to 17 November. Whilst physically in Bonn, the formal host is Fiji, the first time a small island state has presided over a COP. Fiji asked that a focus of this COP to be on oceans, and we responded in our UNFCCC Side-event on the 7th November (see ear...
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COP-23 Side-event on CCS and Oceans and Small Island States

Yesterday was our Side-event, co-organised with The University of Texas, Bellona and CCSA. It was well attended, with around 150 attendees, and lots of good questions. The side event started with Dr Carol Turley OBE presenting an update on ocean acidification and its significant impacts on the planet; even the NDCs pledged so far will still cause a...
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Progress on Ratification of the London Convention’s Export Amendment for CCS

 It is the 39th meeting of the London Convention and the 12th meeting of the London Protocol this week, the global treaties that protect the marine environment. The detailed work on transboundary CCS was completed in 2012 (see IEAGHG 2013-IP26 and 2014-IP19) but outstanding is the ratification of the 2009 amendment for CO2 export which would r...
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Global CCS Symposium at Regina

 The International CCS Knowledge Centre held its first Global CCS Symposium with a theme of "Advancing a Path Forward", supporting the goal of the Centre to advance CCS globally. Some 160 attendees from 11 countries participated, including from China, Mexico, Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, and from India by video, as well as Norway, Aust...
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NetPower Visit

 As part of the Mission Innovation CCUS workshop in Houston, we visited the Net Power project at La Porte. This is a pilot-scale demonstration of a novel direct-fired oxy-fired supercritical-CO2 gas turbine based on the Allam Cycle. In fact Rodney Allam himself was present and co-hosted the visit with Bill Brown the CEO of Net Power. The partn...
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Mission Innovation CCUS workshop, Houston, Texas

Mission Innovation (MI) is an international initiative seeking to double each government's investments in clean energy research and development over the next five years, with the goal of accelerating the pace of technology innovation to meet economic competitiveness, environmental, and energy security demands. It is estimated that the clean energy ...
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