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19.04.12

UK over-reliant on carbon capture technology

The UK Energy Research Council has raised doubts about carbon capture and storage technology, calling it “particularly challenging” – despite Government reliance on it in future energy mixes.

The two-year study from the research body said the design of the new £1bn competition to build a ‘demonstration’ CCS plant is flawed.

If the technology cannot be made to work commercially and inexpensively, other energy sources, such as renewable and nuclear, would become even more important.

Jim Watson, lead author of the report, told the Guardian he would give theUK“a low grade” for its efforts so far on CCS. The original ‘competition’ collapsed at the end of 2011 when the final remaining entrant withdrew from it, forcing the Government to come up with a new design.

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