WASHINGTON, DC - Novel carbon dioxide capture technologies
and the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships are just two of
the many items highlighted in the updated Carbon Sequestration Technology
Roadmap and Program Plan and Carbon Sequestration Project Portfolio
recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) maintains and annually
updates the roadmap and portfolio for use by its sequestration research
partners and stakeholders.
The roadmap provides the most current science and technology pathways that
have the potential to achieve goals related to carbon sequestration, while
the portfolio serves as a key resource for DOE's Carbon Sequestration Program
by providing maps depicting project locations, the roadmap itself, budget information,
details of each sequestration project, and other pertinent information.
Among the past year's program highlights contained in the roadmap are the following:
- The Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships have progressed
to a validation phase in which they will conduct 25 field tests involving
the injection of CO2 into underground formations where it will be
stored and monitored.
- Pilot-scale tests and modeling of amine-based CO2 capture have
shown that operating an amine stripper at vacuum can reduce energy
use 5-10 percent per unit of CO2 captured.
- Novel metal organic frameworks have shown significant potential
as CO2 sorbents.
The Carbon Sequestration Program is managed by the Department's Office
of Fossil Energy and implemented by NETL under the President's Global
Climate Change Initiative. The program aims to improve power plant
efficiency and criteria-pollutant control by developing coal-fired
power plants and other fossil fuel energy systems that are cost-effective
and virtually emission free.