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Large scale algae based CCS project set to begin

October 24, 2011

Energy Central reports that the East Kentucky Power Cooperative, working in conjunction with the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, will begin a full scale test of the ability of an “aggressive carbon sequestration” approach next week.  Algae, which uses CO2 as food, will be placed in a series of interconnected tubes and set up at a power plant in Eastern Kentucky.  The algae should reduce the plant’s carbon emissions.  If successful, such an approach would be a much more cost effective carbon capture and sequestration strategy than others currently envisioned.  The algae would capture and sequester the CO2 at the site, rather than requiring expensive transport or pipeline systems.  Further, there is additional research underway that would then harvest the algae and convert it to liquid fuel.

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