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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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Carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage

(p.229) 12 Carbon capture and storage
Global Energy

Jim Watson

Cameron Jones

Oxford University Press

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are often highlighted as a crucial component of future low-carbon energy systems. However, they are still being developed and demonstrated. It is therefore unclear when these technologies will be technically proven at full scale, and whether their costs will be competitive with other low-carbon options. This chapter builds on UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) research on CCS in the UK, and focuses on efforts that are underway in several countries to demonstrate CCS, and some of the policy challenges associated with such demonstrations. It therefore provides an important case study of technology demonstration, which is a particularly risky stage of the innovation process. The chapter survey of the global status of CCS demonstration projects includes a detailed analysis of the contrasting fortunes of demonstrations in the UK and North America, and explains why North American CCS demonstrations are progressing more successfully.

Keywords:   technology demonstration, government policies, innovation, low-carbon technology

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