A Brief History of Emerging Carbon Capture Technology


The Compendium on Carbon Capture provides a single document to compile a comprehensive history of the development and use of carbon capture technology in the oil and gas industry. We present the latest research results on improved oil recovery from CO2 capture and storage (CO2) technologies by carbon capture companies.

The success of this research will enable the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that can be applied to the existing fossil fuel fleet – fuelled plants by the carbon capture companies. These technologies can capture CO2 emitted from significant industrial sources to significantly reduce their emissions without drastically changing the production of oil, natural gas, coal, and other fossil fuels. In combination with BECCS technology (bioenergy – to – carbon capture – storage), CCS can generate harmful emissions by removing CO2 from the atmosphere. The necessary reduction methods are similar to those studied here, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and biofuels, but are more efficient and cost-effective.

These technologies could mitigate climate change by removing emissions from existing fossil fuel production and even removing carbon from the atmosphere. CCS could play an essential role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enable the development of new energy sources such as biofuels, bioenergy, and renewable energy.

In Germany, structural, economic, and ecological aspects are considered the most critical factors in developing the technology for capturing and storing CO2. Carbon capture applications could be integrated into biomass systems, using coal and natural gas applications as examples. The article offers a comprehensive analysis of the feasibility of using biomass to generate electricity from power plants that capture Carbon Dioxide and store it in geological formations.

The Blue Planet process requires CO2 purification and enrichment, reducing the cost per unit of energy consumed for capture. Until now, the focus has been on the use and embedding of carbon, so-called carbon capture, use, and storage.

Studies have shown that, according to the US Department of Energy, there will be a lack of room for carbon capture and storage if climate change targets are not met by 2100. Releasing too much carbon into the atmosphere, rather than trying to capture it, is a significant obstacle to reversing global climate change, said Michael Berend, director of the Center for Climate and Energy Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Even the best carbon capture technology will likely be useless if the world is not willing to place a premium on carbon.

The choice of carbon capture technology is quite relevant, and careful trading – off – must be considered. The IPCC estimated that the cost of electricity generation would increase through carbon capture and storage, depending on fuel, technology, and location. However, new coal-fired power plants could only meet this standard if they introduce carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. Tax breaks are also likely to encourage retrofitting coal-fired power plants, as the US Energy Information Administration estimates the cost of separation.

Some capture technologies are already commercially implemented by carbon capture companies and deployed in the next few years. These include existing large-scale carbon capture projects and existing or potentially large-scale commercial carbon capture projects in Europe and the US.

Industrial processes that have demonstrated large-scale CO2 capture or are commercially operating include coal-fired power plants, nuclear power plants, coal mines, and coal ash basins. Accelerating carbon capture technologies is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes such as coal mining, oil, and gas extraction, power plant combustion, and other industrial activities.

The widespread adoption of carbon capture technologies is crucial to keeping global temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius. Carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS), a critical technology needed to limit warming, is an integral part of the global strategy to mitigate and adapt to climate change