12 Feb 2009 05:02:04
CCS readiness 'essential' for new power plants
Energy generation projects that do not take carbon capture and storage (CCS) into account are considered risky, according to an industry figure.
Dr Jeff Chapman of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association told New Energy Focus that it is "essential" that plans for new power plants include provision for future installation of CCS equipment.
With the technology expected to become mainstream between 2020 and 2030, he said that new power stations should be "carbon capture ready".
"We think it is essential that if you build a new plant that it will be ready to retrofit this," Dr Chapman told the publication.
"But there is risk in building the plant - the technology may change. There's no point in government prescribing what needs to be done, it's more effective to let the market decide."
He added that there was also a risk to power companies which planned and built with CCS technology in mind if the design of CCS systems changed.
Decarbonisation of the power industry, which accounts for 37 per cent of UK carbon emissions, is essential if climate change targets are to be met.
Dr Chapman was speaking ahead of the Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum's (APGTF) ninth workshop.
According to the APGTF, since other countries in Europe set a 2020 date for the deployment of CCS technologies, the UK must extend as a matter of urgency its Carbon Abatement Technology strategy to meet the same target.
The National Grid recently announced that it was planning to set up the infrastructure to transport carbon dioxide obtained through CCS into undersea storage facilities. http://www.apgtf-uk.com/index.php?option=com_content&task...