Washington, DC (March 29, 2007)- According the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the United States and Canada have enough geological storage capacity to sequester some 3500 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth, equivalent to approximately 900 years of CO2 emitted by power plants.
Dawn Deel, a carbon sequestration manager at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), said, “The capacity sites are very widespread. They cover the majority of the area in the United States and a good bit of Canada.” Deel has also helped develop a Carbon Sequestration Atlas that shows that a majority of 4,000 power plants and other stationary CO2 sources lie directly above or nearby adequate storage sites.
The costs associated with implementing sequestration technologies are still being debated.
For more information, visit the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory.