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A Closer Look:

Fuel-Cell Carbon

Capture and Storage

Carbon capture and storage technology has been one of the best methods for reducing the polluting carbon emissions from natural gas power plants. Before carbon emissions can be released into the air, the emissions are captured and then stored underground.

There are three problems with Carbon capture and storage technology.

1. Traditional Carbon capture and storage technology doesn’t get rid of the pollution but, it treats it as waste.

2. It’s expensive to use. Which means developing countries will not use this technology in the near future.

3. Traditionally Carbon capture and storage uses large amounts of energy from the power plant. Combined these three problems have created a problem for Carbon capture and storage technology’s potential to clean the air.

New Carbon capture and storage technology might help solve the three problems with CCS. A company, called FuelCell Energy, has been developing the new Carbon capture and storage technology over the past few years. In U.S. facilities they have began using the new tech. They call “SureSource” power plants just last year. One feature makes the new technology, it has to do with what happens to the captured emissions once they are trapped. Compared to the traditional Carbon capture and storage process captures then hides the carbon waste, the new method captures the emissions, destroys most of the carbon waste and then converts everything into energy the plant can use to generate more power

Efficiency and energy storage are incredibly important to the industry and to ClearWorld. The InterGrid integrates energy storage, photovoltaic panels and an electric vehicle recharging station to optimize energy flows with an information technology platform to improve communication with generators and promote grid efficiency, as well as a forecasting system for distributed generation.