Have you been looking for a quick cheat sheet to understand the mechanics behind carbon capture and storage (CCS), which is one of the technologies envisioned by President Obama to allow the United States to use coal as a clean energy source? Well, global consulting company McKinsey recently published a guide to the technologies behind CCS in this nifty interactive graphic display (note that you need to sign up for a free account with the McKinsey Quarterly to view it).The interactive demonstrates fairly clearly the methodology behind the 3 stages of carbon capture and storage:
- Capture: which includes either pre-combustion, post-combustion, or oxyfuel
- Transport: which includes either pipeline, shipping, or road/rail
- Storage: which can be accomplished either underground, or in the deep ocean
The guide is designed for people with limited time on their hands, so it’s pretty easy to understand and navigate.
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