As a fast growing developing country, China relies heavily on the use of coal that it counts for 70 percent of China’s energy resource. It is estimated that the carbon dioxide emissions coming from the use of coal will double by the year of 2030. Carbon dioxide is the main contributor to the world climate change, but abandoning the use of coal completely will greatly hurt China’s economy. Facing such dilemma, China has found a way out – carbon capture and storage. The process involves separating the carbon dioxide emitted from different energy resources, collecting it, and putting it deeply into the ground. There are mainly three kinds of geologies that are suitable for carbon storage, oil and gas field, non-hydrocarbon field, and deep saline aquifer, and China has abundant areas that those. China has already set a city, Chongqing, with great oil and gas field as its experimental base, and experts there are going to do research related to carbon capture and storage.

It is reported that China’s vast underground areas will be able to store more than a century’s worth of carbon dioxide from using the coal. It might be costly in many ways, but there are good geologic reservoirs near most of the big CO2 emitting industries. The carbon capture and storage seem promising, and this is a way for China to combat the climate change.

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4 Responses to “Carbon Capture and Storage”

  1. ramosj says:

    According the the article you have posted, “Such technology, which remains untried on a commercial scale, comes with high costs, because capturing and storing carbon emissions consumes significant amounts of energy and water. The potential environmental impact of putting billions of tons of carbon dioxide underground also remains unknown.” This project will cost around $275 billion, money that could be used towards the construction of greener energy resources, especially because the outcome of these projects are unknown. We know why China has high emission rates, and we know a change in their energy resources would be a great solution, so why go off and pay billions of dollars towards something that isn’t secure?

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