Where in the World is Carbon Being Captured and Stored? This Database will Show You.


Capturing carbon emissions and storing them safely and permanently so they don’t reach the atmosphere is a key technology in mitigating climate change. This win-win technology, called carbon capture and storage (CCS), allows a wide range of fuels to be used to generate power (win), while still protecting the environment (win). When the carbon is used beneficially, say, for example, to increase oil production, the scenario is win-win-win. Cool, right? So where is this happening? The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), through its online database of global CCS operations, can show you. NETL recently released an updated version of the database, which is available to the public (here). The latest release identifies 274 proposed, active, or completed CCS projects worldwide—a significant increase from the initial 192 projects identified in 2009. The projects are found in more than 30 countries across six continents. Information from the database is loaded into a layer on Google Earth™ to provide the location of each project, where available. Clicking on a project location opens a new window containing a summary of the project—information such as estimated costs, start and completion dates, method of capture or source of carbon dioxide (CO2), and status and amount of CO2 captured and/or stored. If a user would like even more detail, external links are provided. The database is also available for download in a Microsoft® Excel® file (although that’s not nearly as fun for map lovers to play with). No two CCS projects in the world are exactly the same, not now, and probably not ever. Sources of CO2 vary widely, as do the locations, called "sinks," where CO2 can be stored. CCS projects capture and compress CO2 emitted by a range of power plants or industrial sites and then transport and inject the CO2 into sinks suitable for that region, such as deep underground rock formations. NETL invites users to explore the database and to provide project updates and comments to improve it. All of the projects are updated yearly, or as new information becomes available. Contact information is available in the step-by-step instructions on the database webpage.



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