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Category: Carbon capture

Aussie Scientists Develop Carbon Capture Sponge

Posted by Peter, on September 14, 2010

A team of researchers at the University of Sydney, led by Dr Deanna D'Alessandro, has developed crystals full of microscopic holes that can capture gases like carbon dioxide. Visit our sister site, GreenBiz Cafe, for more details of the invention. Dr D'Alessandro, who was recently awarded a L'Oreal Australia For Women in Science Fellowship, describes her […]  Continue reading »

Government Considering Phase Down of Australia’s Dirtiest Power Station

Posted by Peter, on July 11, 2010

Thw Age has reported that the Victorian Government is considering closing two of the Hazelwood power station’s eight power units. The La Trobe Valley power plant produces almost a quarter of Victoria’s electricity from brown coal and is regarded as Australia’s dirtiest power plant – some environmental groups claim that it is the dirtiest power […]  Continue reading »

Environmental Cost of Coal

Posted by Peter, on October 20, 2009

A report by the US National Academy of Sciences shows that US coal-fired power plants do over $US62 billion ($au67 billion) in “hidden costs” through environmental damage every year. These include damage done to crop and timber yields, to buildings and materials, to human health and damage done to recreational activities and through reduced outdoor […]  Continue reading »

Queensland Approves Coal Power Station

Posted by Peter, on September 11, 2009

The Queensland Government has approved the construction of a 900 megawatt "clean" coal-fired powerstation in the Galilee Basin. The power station is to be built by Galilee Power which is owned by Waratah Coal Pty Limited. Waratah Coal announced Australia’s largest thermal coal mine and infrastructure project, worth $7.5 billion, earlier this year. Waratah Coal […]  Continue reading »

Queensland Climate Strategy Targets Coal Power Stations

Posted by Peter, on August 21, 2009

Queensland;s Premier, Anna Bligh, has released the government’s new climate change strategy, “ClimateQ: Towards a Greener Queensland”. The major initiative is that no new coal-fired power stations will be built in Queensland unless they use world’s best emissions technology and are able to capture and store carbon and must do so within five years of […]  Continue reading »

Origin Energy Undertaking Australia’s Largest Tree Planting

Posted by Peter, on July 17, 2009

Origin Energy has contracted Carbon Consious Ltd to plant more than six million trees over the coming three years in what the companies believe is the largest carbon pollution reduction bio-sequestration project in Australia to date. Carbon Conscious will plant native mallee eucalypt trees in wheat-belt regions for the purpose of generating carbon permits tradeable […]  Continue reading »

Carbon Capture Initiatives

Posted by Peter, on March 31, 2009

Origin Energy Ltd has unveiled plans to capture some of the carbon dioxide output from the Lang Lang BassGas plant in Victoria for commercial use in wine and soft drink carbonation. The company plans to supply about 25 per cent of the carbon dioxide from the Lang Lang project to a $20 million plant built […]  Continue reading »

Australia to Set Up Carbon Capture Institute

Posted by Peter, on September 19, 2008

Australia will set up a A$100 million a year carbon capture research institute aimed at fighting climate change and becoming the world hub for the technology Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that he would seek international backing for the institute at an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.  "We, […]  Continue reading »

First Aussie Power Station CO2 Capture

Posted by Peter, on July 11, 2008

Carbon dioxide has been captured from power station flue gases in a post-combustion-capture (PCC) pilot plant at Loy Yang Power Station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. This is the first time CO2 has been caputured using the PPC process at a power plant in the Southern Hemisphere. According to CSIRO Energy Technology Chief, Dr David Brockway, […]  Continue reading »

Clean Coal Bill Launched as Industry’s Plans Sink

Posted by Peter, on May 28, 2008

The Federal Government has quietly launched its draft bill  to regulate the burial of carbon dioxide off Australia coast just days after BP and Rio Tinto have confirmed that  they have abandoned a $2 billion project to trial the burial of carbon dioxide off Western Australia. The joint project was to involve the construction of […]  Continue reading »

2020 Summit Aims for Sustainabilty but Disagrees on Coal

Posted by Peter, on April 21, 2008

At the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra yesterday, the Population, Sustainability and Climate Stream proposed that, by 2020, Australia should “be making a major contribution to a comprehensive global response to climate change, including working with our partners on clean energy”. The Stream agreed that there should be a national sustainable cities program supported by […]  Continue reading »

Australia and China’s Joint Initiatives on Climate Change

Posted by Peter, on April 12, 2008

Australia and China have agreed to a range of initiatives ot accelerate their co-operation on climate change. The initiatives were announced by Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, after a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.  The initiatives include a joint feasibility study into developing the world’s largest solar city in north-east China, water quality monitoring […]  Continue reading »

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