Green Piece: Capturing CO2 = Greener 2Morrow
According to the DOE, projects will be subject to further competitive evaluation in 2010 after successful completion of their phase one activities. Projects that best demonstrate the ability to address the agency's mission needs will be in the final portfolio that will receive additional funding for design, construction and operation.
If the first phase of the evaluation is successful, project partners may propose a second-phase, commercial-design study with funding that could exceed $100 million.
Though the technology and study are very exciting, Karen L. Punch, Boise communications manager, expected it would be a "few years before this technology might be commercialized for use in the industry."
Nevertheless this step is ground-breaking.
"This technology is important because it may enable pulp and paper companies like Boise Inc. to capture and permanently sequester carbon from our manufacturing processes, which would enable us to further reduce our greenhouse gas emissions," Punch added. "It could also represent an economic opportunity related to potential future developments in carbon credit markets." PPR