Excellent news

A £1bn competition to develop Britain’s first carbon capture and storage power plant has been scrapped, the Government has announced.

One of those things that just ain’t ever going to work.

It would be nice if it would but the basic idea of being able to capture the CO2 from coal burning just will never be economic. so, let’s not waste money trying, as Richard North has been saying for about a decade now.

7 thoughts on “Excellent news”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    If they give me a billion pounds I would be happy to carry out experiments in carbon capture and storage. I would use these little nano-machines called chloroplasts. They are really cool but the margin here does not provide space to explain how they work. Anyway, trust me, they have had a proven record of success over recent times. I would group a whole lot of them together in a structure I think I will call a “leaf”. Which is held up to the sunlight by a framework I call a “tree”.

    They are really very impressive actually. The best thing is that they are silent, low maintenance, and people usually do not object living near them. A billion pounds would buy a good sized chunk of Scotland which I could convert to CCS in no time.

    The best thing is for an exorbitant salary I would be willing to manage this “plant” full time. Out of my concern for the environment of course. After all, you never know when this facility (or what I call a “wood”) needs some urgent trouble shooting. Or just shooting actually. The rest of the time I would be happy to supervise it from the safety of my porch while knocking back a few cold ones.

  2. And there’s a particularly efficient way of coming by a wood in most of our fair islands. Fence land so that no grazing can occur, and, bingo!, you don’t have to wait long and you have a wood. Just like that! There’re bits of high or exposed terrain where it doesn’t work, but almost everywhere else it does.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    dearieme – “And there’s a particularly efficient way of coming by a wood in most of our fair islands. Fence land so that no grazing can occur, and, bingo!, you don’t have to wait long and you have a wood. Just like that!”

    You can see why the experts don’t like it, can’t you? Why they feel forced to plant some rare exotic rather than the trees that have always grown there. It is almost as if you do not need to a tertiary level education to get it right.

    However if I get the grant, I won’t bother with fences. There is another way of making sure no grazing takes place. I can start a side line in venison.

  4. I’m actually in the process of starting a carbon sequestration business. Initially I’ll be storing small amounts of the metastable allotrope of carbon that comes in a face-centered cubic crystal structure, as these types are easier to handle.

    So if you have any small bits of carbon and you want to do your bit for the environment, please send them to me and I shall sequester them free of charge. I might even recycle some of them so mega green creds all round.

    Sometimes you may find that your stones are set in fiddly little shiny mountings, but you don’t need waste your valuable time extracting the nasty dirty carbon from these, just send the whole thing and we will extract them and recycle the remainder.

    Remember! Send us your diamonds or you and your children and their children to the last generation will FRY!!!

  5. “the basic idea of being able to capture the CO2 from coal burning just will never be economic”

    But CCS is more economic when compared against renewables like offshore wind and PV, with byproduct offsetting some of the cost.

    I don’t think anybody involved in the tech and research is yet at the point of claiming that it will be a panacea, but in terms of a nett reduction of CO2 to the atmosphere, it looks favourable when augmented with fossil fuels over still-problematic renewables.

  6. But we have carbon capture… plastic bags (made of complex carbon molecules, non-biodegradable, stay unchaged in the ground like forever man).., but they have taxed those to stop us using them.

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