WASHINGTON, DC - The 2007 Carbon Sequestration Technology Roadmap and Program Plan was released today by the U.S. Department of Energy's Carbon Sequestration Program. The roadmap contains details about technology development in carbon capture and storage, an overview of major accomplishments from the program's first 10 years, and the plan that will guide the program in 2007 and beyond.
The Carbon Sequestration Program is a true government success story. Since its start as a small-scale research effort 10 years ago, the program has grown into a multi-faceted research, development, and deployment initiative with international acceptance.
The program focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emission by developing technologies for carbon sequestration, the capture and permanent storage of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Unless ways are found to reduce the release of these gasses, the United States could be responsible for 8,000 metric tons of CO2 by 2030, an increase of more than 33 percent over 2005 levels.
The program roadmap, which is maintained by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and updated annually, provides a valuable tool to keep stakeholders fully informed of progress made and challenges faced throughout the previous year. This year's roadmap includes the following accomplishments:
- Field projects have demonstrated the ability to "map" CO2 that is injected underground at a much higher resolution than anticipated.
- A groundbreaking Carbon Sequestration Atlas of the United States and Canada has been released in both print and online interactive versions; the atlas contains mapped sources of CO2 emissions and potential geologic formations and terrestrial ecosystems for sequestration, enabling a match of point sources with storage sites.
- New and innovative assessments of CO2 capture and separation processes have been completed.
The Carbon Sequestration Program is managed by the Energy Department's Office of Fossil Energy and implemented by NETL. The program goal is to develop fossil fuel conversion systems that offer 90 percent CO2 capture, with 99 percent storage permanence, at a less than 10 percent increase in the cost of energy services.