New Carbon Storage Project to Begin in Germany

German power plant

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While it may be true that carbon sequestration won't save us , that certainly doesn't mean that people aren't interested in trying to make the technology work from a scientific and economic perspective. In this context, it's worth reporting that The German Research Centre for Geosciences has begun a two year project to store up to 60,000 tons of CO2 underground at a depth of 600 meters.

The project, known as CO2-SINK, is being done in conjunction with 18 partners from nine countries in Ketzin, Germany. According to Cleantech the project is employing carbon dioxide of food-grade quality, such as is used in mineral water or beer and will be the first time that injection and storage of CO2 in deep, saltwater-filled porous rocks will examined in Europe.

Reinhard Hüttl, the scientific executive director of the German Research Centre for Geosciences, described the motivation for the project, "Nowadays, a safe energy supply and environmental aspects can no longer be treated separately," and added that through this project it will be possible to "examine in detail the storage of CO2 in the underground and in the interactions with the geo- and biospheres."

via :: Cleantech
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