PESD Carbon Storage Project Database

13 Pages Posted: 6 May 2009  

Varun Rai

University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs

Ngai-Chi Chung

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mark C. Thurber

Stanford University - Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

David G. Victor

UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy

Date Written: November 13, 2008

Abstract

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is among the technologies with greatest potential leverage to combat climate change. According to the PRISM analysis, a technology assessment performed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), wide deployment of CCS after 2020 in the US power sector alone could reduce emissions by approximately 350 million tonnes of CO2 per year (Mt CO2/yr) by 2030, a conclusion echoed by the McKinsey U.S. Mid-range Greenhouse Gas Abatement Curve 2030. But building CCS into such a formidable climate change mitigation “wedge” will require more than technological feasibility; it will also require the development of policies and business models that can enable wide adoption. Such business models, and the regulatory environments to support them, have as yet been largely undemonstrated. This, among other factors, has caused the gap between the technological potential and the actual pace of CCS development to remain large.

The purpose of the present work is to quantify actual progress in developing carbon storage projects (here defined as any projects that store carbon underground at any stage of their operation or development, for example through injection into oil fields for enhanced recovery or in saline aquifers or other geological formations). In this way, the real development ramp may be compared in scale and timing against the perceived need for and potential of the technology. Some very useful lists of carbon storage projects already exist – see, for example, the IPCC CCS database, the JP Morgan CCS project list, the MIT CCS database, and the IEA list. We seek to maintain an up-to-date database of all publicly-announced current and planned projects from which we can project a trajectory of carbon stored underground as a function of time. To do this, we estimate for each project the probability of completion as well as the potential volume of CO2 that can be stored as of a given year.

Keywords: Carbon Capture and Storage, CCS, Technology Deployment, CCS Projects, CCS Database

Suggested Citation

Rai, Varun and Chung, Ngai-Chi and Thurber, Mark C. and Victor, David G., PESD Carbon Storage Project Database (November 13, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1400118 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1400118

Varun Rai (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs ( email )

2300 Red River St., Stop E2700
PO Box Y
Austin, TX 78713
United States

Ngai-Chi Chung

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mark C. Thurber

Stanford University - Program on Energy and Sustainable Development ( email )

Encina Hall
616 Serra St.
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

David G. Victor

UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519
United States

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