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The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon: Theory and Experience

The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon: Theory and Experience Because of the global commons nature of climate change, international cooperation among nations will likely be necessary for meaningful action at the global level. At the same time, it will inevitably be up to the actions of sovereign nations to put in place policies that bring about meaningful … Continue reading

Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Shale Gas, Natural Gas, Coal, and Petroleum

The technologies and practices that have enabled the recent boom in shale gas production have also brought attention to the environmental impacts of its use. It has been debated whether the fugitive methane emissions during natural gas production and transmission outweigh the lower carbon dioxide emissions during combustion when compared to coal and petroleum. Using … Continue reading

Middle East becomes a solar energy hotbed

Although the region was slow out of the blocks in the race to develop alternative power technologies, several high-profile projects show it is catching up fast, Tony Glover writes The rate of adoption of solar energy is accelerating in markets such as Europe and the US, while the Middle East has generally been slow in … Continue reading

Energy Forecast: 2013-2014

The energy outlook for the next two years is surprisingly diverse. Oil and its liquid derivatives will remain fairly high priced, but natural gas will continue to cheapen, increasing the spread between the two fuels to unprecedented levels. Global oil supply has increased modestly. Gains have been driven by new technology (fracking and horizontal drilling) … Continue reading

Recycling Wasted Heat and Power Could Clear the Air

ArcelorMittal Steel USA is finding an uncommon way to beat the competition: It is cutting energy consumption at one of its steel plants in Chicago by re-using heat to make electricity. It says that it is saving $100 million a year by creating an extra 75 megawatts of emissions-free electricity.

Stop blowing money on onshore wind farms, offshore is more efficient

By Helen Barnett Hopes to build a wind port in Harwich were given a boost with a new budget proposal.Onshore wind farm budgets should be slashed and put towards offshore alternatives, it has been claimed. More than 100 MPs have demanded cuts in subsidies for onshore wind turbines, deeming them inefficient. A collective of Tory … Continue reading

The CO2 Capture Project

Source: http://www.carboncapturejournal.com The CO2 Capture Project (CCP) has completed the first phase of a study into the impact of CO2 impurities on geological storage of CO2. The CCP is using reservoir simulation and laboratory experiments to study the potential impacts of impure CO2 streams on storage containment. If it can be shown that impurities do … Continue reading

Alstom’s Chilled Ammonia CO2 capture process

Insight into Alstom’s Chilled Ammonia process. Take a look at the “Technical and economic assessment of ammonia-based process”, by Peter Versteeg and Edward Rubin (2011) and the Alstom Video detailing the process. Document: “Technical and economic assessment of ammonia-based CO2 capture” Video: