UK Carbon Capture Hubs Idea from Scottish Power’s Nick Horler
Here’s some interesting news from the UK on CCS related efforts.
Scottish Power chief executive Nick Horler recently revealed plans to develop a series of carbon capture hubs across the UK.
What really is the big deal about hubs? I think the interesting aspect of the idea is in trying to productise CCS technology so that it can be “installed” at various power plants and industries, as against developing it each time at each location.
Or that’s what I understand of the idea.
“If you look at the Forth Valley it emits about 15 million tons of carbon a year. You are talking about refineries, steel mills, foundries. Stretch down to the north-east of England, Tyneside and Teesside, it is even more,” he said.
The other interesting aspect of his speech was his emphasis on storing the CO2 under the North Sea. Horler intends to exploit the “wonderful accident of geography” which makes the North Sea so suitable for burying carbon. He cited a study carried out which said the the central North Sea would be suitable to accommodate all of Europe’s CO2 until well into the next century.
ScottishPower is currently bidding to win a £1 billion government grant to test carbon capture technology at its coal powered plant at Longannet, in Fife. If the plan goes ahead, it will be the largest carbon capture scheme in the world. Its plans for the hubs is dependent on whether it wins the bid.
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