20 Mar '12, 11pm

MIT Study Finds Ample Room in United States to Store CO2

Researchers associated with MIT published a study today assessing how much space would be available if the United States were to start capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired generation plants. A couple of things need to be said about this right off. First, the study does not actually say what an MIT press release says it says. According to the erroneous MIT release, the study "shows that there is enough capacity in deep saline aquifers in the United States to store at least a century's worth of carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's coal-fired power plants." What the study actually says, according to the article abstract posted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) , is that "in the United States, if CO2 production from power generation continues to rise at recent rates, then CCS [carbon capture and storage] can store en...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/green-tech/clean-coal...

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