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Carbon Capture and Storage – in a nutshell!

For those of you who are curious about Carbon Capture and Storage technology (CCS) – and let’s face it, who isn’t? – there’s a new online resource just for you.

Buckle up, kids.

Launched just a few days ago, the CCS101 website has all of your carbon capture and storage needs covered, with the aim to make information on CCS available to everyone, domestically and internationally.

Now, I know what you’re all asking: what the hell is carbon capture and storage? Well, while it would be pretty lazy (and easy!) for me to once again link you to the CCS website, I’ll do you one better!

CCS explanation coming at you!

Carbon Capture and Storage, which can also be referred to as Carbon Capture and Sequestration (both can be conveniently abbreviated to “CSS”) is a potential means for reducing carbon (that dread CO2) emissions. When combined with renewable energy and energy efficiency (those old chestnuts) CCS can play a significant role in affecting climate change.

Wonderful. How does it work?

Well, in a nutshell (which is all you’re getting until I fully understand the process myself), CSS involves the capturing of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fueled power plants, and then trapping them deep underground into geological formations, thus safely preventing these toxic gases from escaping back into the atmosphere, where they would undoubtedly run amuck.

Sounds good. What’s the damn holdup?

It DOES sound good, doesn’t it? Combining CCS with renewable energy and responsible use of energy is a huge step in reducing carbon emissions. Unfortunately, it’s also a very expensive step. In order to be effective, a global carbon emissions reduction of about 50 billion tones a year will be needed – and that goal can’t be reached unless CSS can eliminate 10 billion tones of that per year.

So, big shoes to fill, sure.

So, what about us?

Now, while all of that depends on global use of this technology, what aboot right here in sunny ol’ Canada?

Well, according to the CCS101 website:

The IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project is the world’s first measurement, monitoring and verification program in connection with CO2 enhanced oil recovery operations.  It is the planet’s largest CO2 injection operation, and as of January 1, 2010 had 17 million tonnes of CO2 underground.

The projects are located at two separate oil fields in Saskatchewan. It’s a definite start to this wonderful endeavour, and I encourage anyone who’s interested in this sort of thing to check out the informative CCS101 website.

And, as I’m aware that this information is considerably drier than my usual fare, here’s a picture of a sloth in a box.

My GOD he looks happy.

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[…] “Cameron and Jane Kerr are demanding the provincial government and carbon capture (CCS) operator Cenovus conduct a one-year study to determine the source of the alleged carbon-dioxide contamination — which they say is hundreds of times greater than safe levels — on their farm near Weyburn, Sask.” Read the full article @ leaderpost.com (HERE)  Image from: lucianogalasso.wordpress.com (HERE) […]

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