Budget 2020 – greener than it first appears?

The Budget on 11 March 2020 was overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis so the important energy and climate related announcements it contained have not had as much publicity as they deserve.

Plans for carbon negative district heating in Sweden

Stockholm Exergi is exploring whether a carbon capture system could be used at the Värtaverket power plant in Stockholm

Svante explores carbon capture tech for Chevron

The firm will evaluate the feasibility and design of a 10,000 tonne-per-year carbon capture unit for potential deployment in one of Chevron’s California facilities

Drax teams up with Econic to use captured carbon in plastic production

Econic Technologies has developed a catalyst that allows CO2 to replace up to 50% of the traditional fossil fuel-based materials used in polymer production

Carbon dioxide emissions
Norway proposes to invest £54m in CCS projects in 2020

Part of the budget would support the development of a full-scale CO2 capture, transport and storage project and provide funds for operation of the Technology Centre at Mongstad

New partnership targets industrial-scale carbon capture projects

Svante and Cross River Infrastructure have joined forces to develop projects at ‘half the capital cost’ of existing solutions

Carbon dioxide emissions
ExxonMobil expands carbon capture tech agreement

It has signed a two-year deal with FuelCell Energy worth $60 million to further develop the technology

Emissions
Could US carbon capture project promise negative-emission fuels?

A new project in Mississippi suggests the answer is yes – it will convert waste woody biomass into diesel and aviation fuel while capturing any emissions released during the process

US invests $110m in carbon capture, utilisation and storage

CCUS is an alternative option to help reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants and other industrial energy sources

Emissions
ExxonMobil partners up for new carbon capture tech

The latter company has progressed research on a process that uses porous solids, known as metal-organics frameworks, to separate carbon from air or flue gas