Carbon capture and storage pilot planned for Rotterdam
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is going to be tested in Rotterdam following years of crippling delays for similar projects across the EU.
The pilot project, called ‘ROAD’, will capture around 1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases from a nearby coal-fired power station, owned by Uniper, and pump them into a disused gas field in the North Sea.
Scientists believe CCS is essential if the world is to meet its carbon emissions targets and the mitigate the harmful consequences of climate change.
"There is a general belief there is no way around it,” Hans Schoenmakers, a Director at both Uniper and ROAD, told Reuters. “We have to meet targets for CO2 reduction.”
Thus far, the project has been awarded funding by Uniper, the European Commission, the Dutch government and French utility Engie.
An investment decision is expected on the US $555 million project by early next year. Once infrastructure is in place, ROAD will operate for a three-year trial period.
ROAD is the last CCS pilot project standing after 11 other schemes from across the EU were put on indefinite hold due to investment delays.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.