26 October 2005

Carbon Capture and Storage: the impact on UK nuclear policy - 26 October 2005

Law Faculty, West Road, Cambridge, 16:30 - 20:30.

26 October 2005
This meeting featured Jon Gibbins (Imperial College) on Carbon Sequestration and Mark Salisbury (President of the British Nuclear Energy Society (BNES) South East Branch) on UK nuclear possibilities.

You can download our report of the discussion here: 26th Oct. 2005 Meeting Report

You can download their presentations here: Carbon Capture and Storage (3,019 kB), Handouts on Carbon Capture and Storage (833 kB) and Nuclear: Energising the Nation, Powering the Future (208 kB).
  • Carbon capture methods provide one way to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Up to 50% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions come from power production. Many analysts say we should reduce power consumption by increasing efficiency, but many are also convinced we must still rely on carbon fuels; particularly for air transport. The technology of carbon storage (at an additional electricty cost of 0.5-2p/kWh) may prove particularly palatable to countries such as the United States and China, which face a hungry demand for energy and rely heavily on fossil fuels. See Jon Gibbins' item in the Financial Times here and also the UK CCS Consortium website www.ukccsc.co.uk.
  • There has been a series of whole-day meetings on carbon storage and nuclear technology / policy options organised by the Westminster Energy Forum. They have many of the presentations of those meetings online. If you wish to catch up on the latest nuclear thinking, their reports of their meeting on 23 June 2005 "FINANCING & ECONOMICS OF NUCLEAR POWER" is a good place to start.
  • We had planned that Dongsheng Wen (Leeds University) would also be describing a new, efficient technology for separating carbon dioxide from exhaust gases, but he was unfortunately unable to attend.
    "A new high-temperature, dry process developed at Leeds University for adsorbing CO2 in-situ during a batch industry process, and desorbing it outside, promises to be cheaper and more efficient. This may substantially change the global economics of carbon sequestration." This was to have been the first public presentation describing this new process.
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