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CCS++ , A promising development?
« on: August 08, 2016, 12:10:40 AM »
The many current (overly optimistic and unambitious) pathways to decarbonise and prevent catastrophic warming all really heavily on the adoption of carbon capture technologies on quite a massive scale.

The problem with that is CCS projects generally involve spending a lot of money on the CCS part of the process, even if the overall process provides something useful, it can probably be provided more cheaply with a non CCS method. So I  haven't been very optimistic with expectations of CCS being implemented on a large scale, as it generally means spending extra money *just* to fix the climate.

However, in the past week I have seen two separate developments in CCS tech that have given me a bit of hope.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/01/uic-solar-co2-fuel/

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/232244-new-form-of-carbon-capture-actually-creates-power-rather-than-consuming-it

If CCS tech can actually make money, then the chances of it being adopted increase massively. Governments can help incentivise projects, a whole profitable industry could spring up. If such CCS technologies could produce power or fuel at the same time as drawing down carbon then they should be the go to choice for all green energy projects. Better than solar, better than wind, as it actually removes carbon from the atmosphere.

It might be early days but if they can be profitable then I think there's hope in CCS yet. Especially if governments see how important carbon negative power generation can be and get behind it.