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

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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  • wigit5
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    no no no the president and the epa have assured us its viable today nothing to see here... move along
    24 Sep 2013, 06:32 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    The idiot-in-chief is fine with everyone paying 30% more for energy (a HUGE tax on the economy and growth) even though stupidly paying more will provide ZERO benefits to the planet.
    24 Sep 2013, 06:59 PM Reply Like
  • nemonemo
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    Monster in chief: "Your electricity bill will necessarily skyrocket".
    24 Sep 2013, 07:26 PM Reply Like
  • The Patriot
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    Carbon capture, what a ridiculous waste of resources.
    24 Sep 2013, 08:14 PM Reply Like
  • J 457
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    Yet another job booster for the US economy? Soon we'll have thousands more equipment manufacturers and coal miners on EBT, welfare, Medicaid and disability. I guess they can join the crowd.


    I wonder if American citizens, unable to afford to heat their homes and forced to burn their furniture to survive the cold winter, would create more pollution than the shuttered coal fired plants? Do they have carbon capture for burning tires?
    24 Sep 2013, 09:52 PM Reply Like
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