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New UK attempt to capture carbon

The aim of carbon capture is to is to prevent CO2 escaping into the atmosphere

Published on the BBC News website on 3rd April 2012

renewed attempt to develop ways of making power stations greener has been unveiled by the UK government.

For the second time in five years, £1bn will be offered for schemes to trap and bury carbon dioxide. An earlier competition collapsed after all nine entrants pulled out, most citing cost as the main problem.

The last to withdraw was a project run by Scottish Power at its Longannet station in Fife, and the prize money was not awarded.

Known as “carbon capture and storage” (CCS), the idea is to prevent CO2 escaping into the atmosphere.

A major part of the government’s low-carbon strategy, CCS has been plagued by delays and uncertainty.

Launching the renewed competition and a roadmap towards commercialising CCS, Ed Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said the industry could be worth £6.5bn a year to the economy by the late 2020s. Click Here to read More


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