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Ewart: Shell nears oilsands carbon capture launch - Calgary Herald

Today in CCS - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:21

Ewart: Shell nears oilsands carbon capture launch
Calgary Herald
With the United Nations' climate change panel warning this week that global warming is already affecting the planet, and calling for urgent action, Shell Canada announced it's put in place the final module for its carbon capture and storage project to ...

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Global Warming Pioneer Promotes CO2 Capture and Storage - AccuWeather.com (blog)

Today in CCS - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:43

Global Warming Pioneer Promotes CO2 Capture and Storage
AccuWeather.com (blog)
The carbon capture and storage process that Broeker is talking about involves the capture of atmospheric CO2 and then storing it deep underground. The main problem with the above process is that our ability to capture carbon directly from the ...
Global warming pioneer calls for CO2 to be taken from atmosphere and stored ...Eureka! Science News

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Shell fits final module on Alberta oil sands' first carbon capture project - Reuters

Today in CCS - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:24

Calgary Herald

Shell fits final module on Alberta oil sands' first carbon capture project
Reuters
It will capture more than 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year from Shell's Scotford upgrader north of Edmonton and inject it 2 km under the Alberta prairies into impermeable layers of rock for permanent storage. The upgrader converts mined ...
Shell Canada using 'warehouse' approach to drive down oilsands costsTimes Colonist
Shell to cut costs at Canadian operations to remain competitiveThe Globe and Mail

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Shell fits final module on Alberta oil sands' first carbon capture project - Yahoo Finance UK

Today in CCS - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:14

Calgary Herald

Shell fits final module on Alberta oil sands' first carbon capture project
Yahoo Finance UK
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Shell Canada has fitted the final module at the first carbon capture and storage project in Alberta's oil sands, the company said on Wednesday, putting start-up on track for 2015. The Quest CCS project, now 70 ...
Shell Canada using 'warehouse' approach to drive down oilsands costsTimes Colonist
Shell to cut costs at Canadian operations to remain competitiveThe Globe and Mail

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Shell fits final module on Alberta oil sands' first carbon capture project - Reuters

Today in CCS - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:02

Calgary Herald

Shell fits final module on Alberta oil sands' first carbon capture project
Reuters
It will capture more than 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year from Shell's Scotford upgrader north of Edmonton and inject it 2 km under the Alberta prairies into impermeable layers of rock for permanent storage. The upgrader converts mined ...
Shell Canada using 'warehouse' approach to drive down oilsands costsBridge River Lillooet News

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UW's Ogden to Lead Water Sustainability and Climate Project - University of Wyoming News

CCS UW - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:28

University of Wyoming News

UW's Ogden to Lead Water Sustainability and Climate Project
University of Wyoming News
The STRI Agua Salud (means “healthy water”) project began seven years ago as a long-term, landscape-level experiment to understand how land-use choices in the Panama Canal basin will affect water availability, carbon storage, soil fertility and ...

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UW in the News - University of Wyoming News

CCS UW - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:19

UW in the News
University of Wyoming News
UW's article about a paper calling for more carbon capture and storage research appeared in Phys.Org, the web-based science, research and technology news service. In its weekly entertainment section, the Casper Star-Tribune published UW's release ...

Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut - Science News

Today in CCS - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:16

Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut
Science News
POCKETING POLLUTION Carbon capture and storage can cut up to 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. With more than a dozen false starts, the technology has yet to be demonstrated on a commercial scale. Two projects nearing ...

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ONE GIANT LEAP – Green Denver Scrambles on Building Energy Codes

Colorado Energy News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:56

By Melissa Baldridge

Denver touts itself as one of the nation’s greenest cities — from bike ridership to outdoor lifestyles to mass transit to number of LEED buildings per capita. As recently as 2011, was named fifth nationwide in an overall green-city rankingsixth for its buildings, and first for environmental governance.

But that which doesn’t grow, dies.

The Queen City is now a laggard – both in its building energy codes, which haven’t changed for years, and in enforcement. Many of the metro area building departments have moved their building codes to the 2012 version. That means their energy codes are 15 percent more stringent than the 2009 codes.

Denver’s residential energy codes are stuck in time in 2009, and its gutted residential requirements don’t require building envelope or duct testing – labor-intensive work that shows whether homes and duct systems leak. Nor does Denver require “commissioning” of commercial building systems like hot water heating, lighting and the building “shell” – making sure they function as designed.

Yet the city plans to implement 2015 building and energy codes next year – a gigantic leap for builders trying to squeak by swamped code officials doing clipboard walk-throughs, to an era of advanced home and building performance testing.

PLAYING CATCHUP

I interviewed Denver’s new Community Planning and Development Department manager, Brad Buchanan, to ask how he plans to solve big leaps and long lines at Denver’s building department, and how Denver can reassert itself as a green building leader.[i]

“Denver recently underwent an evaluation of its commercial building energy code compliance and enforcement practices as part of the January 2014 commercial energy code compliance audit. Results showed the overall compliance rate was at 68 percent,” says Buchanan.

He says his department turns around commercial project requests in 13 laudable business days, but he contested my estimate of months’ waits for residential permitting. (Of all my clients working in Denver, exactly none get through permitting in less than three months. And God help them if they have “variances” or historic landmark issues that need addressing. The time tacked on for those approaches a year.)

“We know we have some work to do.”

DOING MORE WITH LESS

The recession gutted not only the construction industry but also building departments across the country. Denver is still playing catchup, especially in this go-go market that’s night-and-day different from, say, five years ago. Some building officials I work with regionally have as many as 20 inspections a day to cover, which is nearly impossible unless they’re adjacent.

One strategy has been to hire combination inspectors – officials who specialize in more than one type of code compliance – or in ramping up overtime. Buchanan says he has six combo inspectors now, and he’ll continue to cross train and new-hire those with multiple specialties. “Community Planning and Development has contracted with third-party inspectors in the past [like roofers after tornados], and is open to the possibility of doing so again,” he adds.

Another way to shorten building department waits is with better technology, and Buchanan says he has a new permitting software program scheduled to launch later this year (though it’s years in production and could be on its way to obsolescence once it hits the streets.)

“A later phase, set for 2015, will involve a customer-access component. We also hope to leverage this innovative software system, which has been implemented in many cities nationally and internationally – to pilot tablets for our inspectors,” he says.

“It is a ways off, but it’s where we’re headed.”

ALTERNATE ROUTES

Some building departments like Boulder, Longmont and Cherry Hills Village allow third-party green certifications like LEED and National Green Building Standard to serve as energy code compliance. Not only do building owners get an above-code building certification, but such an alternate path has the unintended consequence of outsourcing code inspections. Buchanan says it’s not gonna happen in Denver.

But the biggest concern with Denver’s quantum leap to 2015 is the on-site commissioning and testing required for commercial and residential. Buchanan says this won’t be a problem.

“Fortunately, most contractors do jobs in multiple municipalities, not just Denver, and a number of the surrounding municipalities … have already adopted the 2012 International Codes. The 2015 edition primarily is a clean-up version of the 2012 edition,” says Buchanan. “We believe many local contractors are already familiar with the 2012 edition, but we plan to do outreach to our customers as well as local building groups to ensure that they understand the changes.”

If you build in Denver next year, fasten your seat belts – it could be a bumpy ride.

- Melissa Baldridge

 

[i] Mr. Buchanan responded to my questions via email.

 

Melissa Baldridge co-founded GreenSpot Energy & Sustainability in 2010 to improve home and building stock.  Melissa’s North Star is to make the process of building green simple for her clients, and add value to properties in the process.  To that end, GreenSpot is loaded with tools and processes so clients can be involved as little or much as they want.  Previously, Melissa was a freelancer, writing about green building, living and design, and her articles appeared in media like MSN.com, The Denver Post, Luxe, Ms. magazine and Robb Report.  (Certs held:  HERS Rater, ENERGY STAR certifier, LEED Green Rater & AP O+M, National Green Building Standard (NGBS) verifier). She can be reached at melissa@yourgreenspot.com.

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New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research - Phys.Org

Today in CCS - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:40

New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research
Phys.Org
Federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must involve increased investment in research and development of carbon capture and storage technologies, according to a new paper published by the University of Wyoming's School of Energy ...

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New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research - Phys.Org

Today in CCS - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:40

New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research
Phys.Org
Federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must involve increased investment in research and development of carbon capture and storage technologies, according to a new paper published by the University of Wyoming's School of Energy ...

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Capturing the communications opportunity for carbon capture and storage - RenewablesBiz

Today in CCS - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:25

Capturing the communications opportunity for carbon capture and storage
RenewablesBiz
Much has been made of the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe's evolving energy mix. However, its progress has stalled in recent years with concerns around cost, complexity and potential health and safety risks. Recently, the ...

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New Paper Calls for More Carbon Capture and Storage Research - University of Wyoming News

CCS UW - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:37

New Paper Calls for More Carbon Capture and Storage Research
University of Wyoming News
August 21, 2014 — Federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must involve increased investment in research and development of carbon capture and storage technologies, according to a new paper published by the University of Wyoming's School ...

Peterhead carbon capture plant moves ahead with Shell agreement - The Engineer

Today in CCS - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:49

Peterhead carbon capture plant moves ahead with Shell agreement
The Engineer
The project, led by Shell with support from SSE, owners of the Peterhead gas power station in Aberdeenshire, aims to capture 10 million tonnes of CO2 over 10 years. If successful, the project will represent the first application of CCS technology at a ...

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Peterhead carbon capture plant moves ahead with Shell agreement - The Engineer

Today in CCS - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:49

Peterhead carbon capture plant moves ahead with Shell agreement
The Engineer
The project, led by Shell with support from SSE, owners of the Peterhead gas power station in Aberdeenshire, aims to capture 10 million tonnes of CO2 over 10 years. If successful, the project will represent the first application of CCS technology at a ...

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Researchers Take Flight to Measure Air Quality Around Colorado

Colorado Energy News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:47

BROOMFIELD — A National Center for Atmospheric Research C-130 plane lumbered off a runway Friday, one of the final flights in an unprecedented pollution-sniffing mission that project leaders say is yielding unexpected and useful results.

Picture: Alan Hills of the National Center for Atmospheric Research gets ready before takeoff Friday. (Photos by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Wing-mounted cylinders draw air that is tested for more than 200 pollutants including aerosols, nitric acid, sulfur dioxide and hydrocarbons such as cancer-causing benzene. About 20 federal and university researchers — squeezed between spectrometers in the windowless hull of this flying lab — track levels of each pollutant on computer screens.

NCAR scientist Frank Flocke, perched in the cockpit, coordinated the month-long data-gathering on a bouncy path across northern Colorado to the Western Slope and, after a refueling stop, along the Front Range. This flight measured emissions from traffic and industry in Denver; from cattle feedlots and the oil and gas boom around Greeley; and on the prairie southeast of Denver as pollution wafts out of state.

“We’re finding some interesting things, some surprises. Not everything is as we expected,” Flocke said. “There will be some results that will be very useful for the state in its air-quality monitoring.” READ MORE …

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Capturing carbon - Cape Breton Post

Today in CCS - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:37

Capturing carbon
Cape Breton Post
The provincial government issued a short press release on Aug. 15 announcing that any company that wants to undertake "carbon capture and storage" in Nova Scotia will first need its approval. That statement could foreshadow significant industrial ...

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Test drilling for carbon capture, storage may happen this fall - Cape Breton Post

Today in CCS - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:55

Test drilling for carbon capture, storage may happen this fall
Cape Breton Post
The Carbon Capture and Storage Research Consortium of Nova Scotia, led by president and chief executive officer Carl Poirier, is currently collecting evidence that will be used in a report to determine if carbon capture is an option for lowering carbon ...

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Permit set for carbon capture - TheChronicleHerald.ca

Today in CCS - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:20

Permit set for carbon capture
TheChronicleHerald.ca
The province's Environment Department has added carbon capture and storage to the list of practices requiring an industrial approval permit. The move comes as a non-profit organization, of which the department is a partner, researches the viability of ...

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NS government changes carbon capture and storage regulations - CTV News

Today in CCS - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:13

CTV News

NS government changes carbon capture and storage regulations
CTV News
The Department of Environment says new advancements in carbon capture technology have caused them to change industry regulations. "Carbon capture and storage is a relatively new technology that is being researched and explored around the world," ...
Test drilling for carbon capture, storage may happen this fallCape Breton Post
Permit set for carbon captureTheChronicleHerald.ca

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