Estimating the Possible Environmental Costs of Carbon Capture and Storage

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Dr. Sian Mooney


The Waxman-Markey Climate Change Bill, officially known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, that passed in the US House in May of last year has focused increasing attention on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Much literature exists covering the engineering costs of CCS, but there is little information concerning possible environmental impacts of CCS.

Objectives and Methods: The objective is to collect and categorize the literature available concerning the environmental effects of CCS. Specifically, I propose to produce a focused annotated bibliography that describes the current base of knowledge discussing the external and environmental effects that could result from CCS.

EndNote: Bibliographic software will be utilized to aid in organizing and annotating the collection of literature.

Relevance and other proposed products/outcomes: This project will benefit future research in the field of emissions mitigation, especially with its relevance towards future CO2 geologic sequestration in Idaho. A final product will be displayed at the BSU Undergraduate Research Conference in Spring of 2010, in addition to being posted on the web for universal access. The final annotated bibliography will be utilized by future researchers when pursuing ongoing research concerning this subject. While this specific section of the project is my personal responsibility, my work will contribute to related projects taken by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) project team to further create economic analysis of the environmental effects and how they relate to Idaho. EPSCoR, under the National Science Foundation, functions to provide strategic programs and opportunities for participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness, and to advance science and engineering capabilities in EPSCoR jurisdictions for discovery, innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity.

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