For the last ten years the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has operated a network of groups of government, industry, academia and non-profits to exchange best practice, especially in storage. These seven research groups are dubbed ‘Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships’ and will share their collaborative efforts in a new blog operated at the website.
NETL’s making available the results of the network’s research and collaboration is certainly a step forward for CCS development. The first blog post states clearly the objective of the network: “Determining best practices for each region leads the partnerships to identify regulatory and infrastructure requirements for future commercial deployment, making CCS easier and more effective.”
The blog will be updated several times over the coming weeks and will post a series of lessons learned from the regions’ CCS projects in “plain English”, making them especially available to the public and policy makers. Topics covered will include site characterization, industry partnerships, public outreach and education, and monitoring, verification, and accounting. The next post in the series will be available on January 21.