Monday, May 12, 2008

CO2 Going Underground

The California Aggie reports that a test project in Kern County to store CO2 emissions from a gas-fired power plant underground, is proceeding.

Using a $65 million grant from the Department of Energy to the CEC, and a $25 million grant from the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, as many as 1 million tons of CO2 will be injected into geologic formations 7,000 feet underground.

The big question seems to be, "Will the CO2 stay underground?" CO2 is not flammable but it is an asphyxiant so a large scale leak could become an issue.

The test plant will be 50MW and is being built by Clean Energy Systems of Rancho Cordova.

Excess carbon dioxide to be stored underground [California Aggie]