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Category: Carbon capture

RMIT Team Turns CO2 “Back into Coal”

Posted by Peter, on March 13, 2019

A research team led by RMIT University in Melbourne has developed a new technique which they say efficiently converts carbon dioxide from a gas into solid particles of carbon.  Continue reading »

Australia’s Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

Posted by Peter, on May 31, 2017

The Australian Government is proposing to allow the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in carbon capture and storage projects. This raises the question of what carbon capture and storage projects are ongoing or proposed in Australia that might be worthy of funding.  Continue reading »

Possible Closure of Hazlewood Power Station

Posted by Peter, on May 26, 2016

French energy giant, Engie, has flagged the potential closure of the Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley – widely believed to be the most polluting power plant in the OECD.  Continue reading »

Kiwi Biotech to Make Fuel from Steel Mill’s Waste CO

Posted by Peter, on July 21, 2015

Biotechnology developed in New Zealand by LanzaTech is to be installed at ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Ghent, Belgium, to capture carbon monoxide and convert it into ethanol. The technology uses a customised Clostridium microbe, originally found in a rabbit’s gut, to convert the carbon monoxide. Approximately 50% of the carbon used in the chemistry of […]  Continue reading »

Carbon Capture Plant for Adelaide

Posted by Peter, on June 7, 2015

The French company Air Liquide has announced that it will develop Australia’s first commercial carbon capture plant at the Torrens Island Power Station in Adelaide’s north-west. The multimillion dollar plant is expected capture up to 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year which would have the same impact as taking 16,000 cars off the road. […]  Continue reading »

Pilot Plant to Turn CO2 into Bricks

Posted by Peter, on August 28, 2013

Mineral Carbonation International Pty Ltd is to establish a research pilot plant at the University of Newcastle to trial world-first technology that turns carbon emissions into bricks and pavers for the construction industry. Chemical giant Orica, the Commonwealth and the State Governments will each provide Mineral Carbonation International with funding of $3.04 million over 4 […]  Continue reading »

Biofuel from Power Plant Emissions

Posted by Peter, on July 4, 2013

Algae Tec has signed an agreement with Macquarie Generation, which is owned by the New South Wales Government, to site a $150 million algae carbon capture and biofuel production facility alongside the Bayswater coal-fired power plant. The Bayswater power station in the Hunter Valley uses around 7.5 million tonnes of coal per year to deliver […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Find New Material to Capture CO2

Posted by Peter, on February 13, 2013

Monash University and CSIRO scientists have created a powerful and cost-effective new tool to capture, store and potentially recycle, carbon dioxide using a novel class of materials called photosensitive metal organic frameworks. Metal organic frameworks are clusters of metal atoms connected by organic molecules. Due to their extremely high internal surface area, they can store […]  Continue reading »

First Australian “Carbon Farm” Approved

Posted by Peter, on December 17, 2012

A project by SelectCarbon, in partnership with a landowner near Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands, south-west of Cairns, has become the first of its kind to be approved for carbon farming by the Australian Government. The first plantings of about 20 hectares of native conifers for carbon credits should happen in about 12 months. Native […]  Continue reading »

CO2 Capture Begins at Queensland Power Plant

Posted by Peter, on December 17, 2012

Australia's first carbon dioxide capture facilty at an opererational coal-fired power plant has opened at CS Energy's Callide A power station at Biloela in central Queensland. The project, which is backed by the Japanese government, uses an oxyfuel combustion process, which burns coal with pure oxygen for less waste; then traps and stores the greenhouse […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Invent New Carbon Capture Material

Posted by Peter, on November 14, 2012

A team of researchers, led by Professor Paul Webley, at the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, based at the University of Melbourne, have developed a novel method of capturing carbon dioxide that reduces the cost of separating and storing the gas. The team has developed a new type of molecular sieve that allows […]  Continue reading »

Soil Carbon Measurement Breakthrough

Posted by Peter, on July 19, 2012

Terry McCosker, an agricultural consultant with Resource Consulting Services believes that, with assistance from the CSIRO, he has succeded in developing a technique for accurately measuring the carbon content of soil. If farmers can get a baseline measurement on how much carbon is in their soil and then work to increase that amount, they could […]  Continue reading »

CSIRO: Carbon Capture Possible But Adds 30% to Cost

Posted by Peter, on April 18, 2012

The CSIRO has released a report on carbon capture technology following a four year $21 million research program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Australian coal-fired power stations funded through the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and a grant from the Department of Resource, Energy and Tourism. The report confirms that post-combustion […]  Continue reading »

“Clean Coal Unviable” but Govt to Invest $100 million

Posted by Peter, on February 15, 2012

In an interview with the ABC, National Low Emissions Coal Council Chairman, Dick Wells, said that even the introduction of a carbon price will not entice the coal industry to invest the billions required for clean-coal plants because it makes no financial sense. The National Low Emissions Coal Council estimates that between $10 billion and […]  Continue reading »

Algae Farming Trials in Queensland and W.A.

Posted by Peter, on January 6, 2012

Two companies in Australia are conducting large-scale trials using algae to capture carbon dioxide and produce commercial products. MBD Energy is trialling a technology developed by James Cook University to capture emissions from a coal-fired power station and pump them into water to grow algae. Because of the high concentration of CO2, the algae doubles […]  Continue reading »

$4bn “Clean Coal” Project in Liquidation

Posted by Peter, on October 28, 2011

The ZeroGen project, which was to build a coal fired power station near Rockhampton using carbon capture technology, has gone into liquidation. The company, which had proposed a "world-first" $4 billion clean coal power plant storing carbon emissions underground, is under external administration and a liquidator has been appointed. The Queensland Government, which originally owned […]  Continue reading »

Alliance Plans to Produce Biofuel and Biochar

Posted by Peter, on July 22, 2011

A new international biofuel alliance plans to turn Australian mallee eucalypts into a sustainable jet fuel while producing biochar as a byproduct. The alliance, which includes Virgin Australia, the Renewable Oil Corporation, Dynamotive Australia and the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre, believes that the project could potentially replace over $2 billion in fuel imports. […]  Continue reading »

Site Chosen for Western Australian CO2 Storage

Posted by Peter, on February 12, 2011

The Collie open-cut mine near Bunbury in Western Australia has been chosen as the site for the state’s first on-shore carbon capture and storage facility. The Collie Hub would capture six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted from industry in the South West each year and store it underground. Project co-ordinator, Dominique Van Gent, says […]  Continue reading »

Cost Blowout Halts Queensland “Clean Coal” Pilot

Posted by Peter, on December 20, 2010

A massive blowout in the estimated cost of the project has forced the Queensland government to scrap a prototype “clean coal” power plant that was to be in production by 2015. It was hoped that the ZeroGen project in central Queensland would be the world’s first coal-fired power station designed to incorporate carbon capture and […]  Continue reading »

Oil from Algae To Be Produced at Aussie Power Plants

Posted by Peter, on December 10, 2010

Australian energy company MBD Energy and American OriginOil Inc have announced the successful completion of a commercial pilot project for carbon sequestration and large-scale algae biofuel manufacturing in Australia. CO2, given off as a byproduct of MBD Energy’s coal-fired power plants, is captured by micro-algae which use it to reproduce, creating more algae, which can […]  Continue reading »

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