12 Oct 2009 12:10:05
£3.5m carbon storage project launched
A review of the UK's potential offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites has been launched in the hope of establishing exactly how much capacity is available.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has unveiled the project, entitled The United Kingdom CO2 Storage Appraisal Project (UKSAP), which is expected to cost more than £3.5 million.
Led by Senergy Alternative Energy Ltd, the review of possible offshore storage sites will involve other organisations such as the British Geological Survey, Imperial College London and the Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage.
David Clarke, ETI's chief executive, said current estimates of capacity "vary wildly" and that this new project is intended to pinpoint more accurately how much carbon could be stored in the UK.
"Fossil fuels will remain an important source of energy and coal is a cheap and relatively secure fuel so we have to find a way of using those fossil fuel plants and capturing the CO2 and storing it somewhere," he added.
Energy giant E.ON announced recently that plans to build a new coal-fired plant at Kingsnorth in Kent, due to be the first in the UK to feature CCS technology, have been postponed due to the recession and falling demand.http://www.energytechnologies.co.uk/Home.aspx