Varun RaiResearch Fellow (former)
A Washington Post article on 11 August 2009 titled "Coal's Future Wagered on Carbon Capture" by Steven Mufson quoted PESD research on the economics and scale of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The article discusses the need for CCS at scale, and also highlights the technological and cost challenges of CCS. Read more »
PESD releases new working paper on potential for CCS technology to capture greenhouse gases in electricity sector
Focusing on capture systems for coal-fired power plants until 2030, a sensitivity analysis of key CCS parameters is performed to gain insight into the role that CCS can play in future mitigation scenarios and to explore implications of large-scale CCS deployment.
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PESD releases new working paper on challenges to deployment of carbon capture and storage technology
PESD researchers Varun Rai, David Victor, and Mark Thurber find that the conventional wisdom used for deployment and diffusion of technologies is not applicable when thinking about deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS).
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Op-ed: Newsweek on January 12, 2009
Coal is looking like the energy winner in the current economic crisis, David Victor and Varun Rai say in Newsweek. Declining coal prices coupled with a crippled world economy means more countries are pushing ahead for energy extracted from coal. The implementation and further development of clean coal technology is also at a standstill due to a lack of investment capital and falling CO2 prices. Read more »
PESD researchers Varun Rai, Ngai-Chi Chung, Mark Thurber, and David Victor have released an updated version of the PESD Carbon Storage Project Database. The purpose of this work is to maintain an up-to-date database of all publicly-announced current and planned CCS projects worldwide. The database suggests that a much wider application of CCS for the electric power industry will be needed in the next decade or so if CCS is to be a central player in efforts to slash CO2 emissions. On current patterns, the world will invest just 0.1% to 1% what is needed if carbon storage is to play a central role in cutting emissions of warming gases consistent with stabilizing the atmosphere at levels that are widely discussed as safe.
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