Platts panel: Carbon capture technology will not be ready for several years

|By:, SA News Editor

First-generation carbon capture technology on a commercially viable scale likely will not be available until 2020, and will be expensive but not insurmountable, according to a panel at a Platts coal conference.

Tom Sarkus, a director with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, foresees the technology raising the cost of electricity by 30%, based on an average of estimates produced by industry and scientific groups.

Sarkus says the costs can be reduced as the technology is improved, but warns it will take years before such improvements make it to the market.

The topic was given more weight in light of last week's EPA announcement (I, II) that new coal-fired power plants will need to limit carbon dioxide emissions to 1,100 lbs./mw-hour of power produced.

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