August 30, 2017

...AND CHEAPER...:

Potential Carbon Capture Game Changer Nears Completion : If it works as expected, the Net Power natural gas demonstration plant will capture carbon at nearly no cost. (James Temple  August 30, 2017, MIT Technology Review)

If it works as expected, Net Power's $140 million, 50-megawatt natural gas plant will capture effectively all of the carbon dioxide it produces, without significantly higher costs, in part by relying on the greenhouse gas itself to crank the turbine that generates electricity. The technology could enable a new generation of plants that provide clean power, without the development risks of nuclear (see "Meltdown of Toshiba's Nuclear Business Dooms New Construction in the U.S."), the geographic restrictions of hydroelectric, or the intermittency issues of solar and wind. Crucially, future plants of this type could also rely on the nation's abundant supply of cheap natural gas.

"If it plays out as advertised, it could be an actual game changer," says Jesse Jenkins, a researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative.

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