Japan Plans to Inject Pollutants Deep Underground

November 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Japan’s Toshiba Corp is forging ahead with the controversial carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, as a pilot project on a coal power plant located on the Southern coast of Japan. Japanese scientists have already embarked on a project of trapping 10 tonnes of CO2 from flue gas, separating it and then transforming it into liquid, but has yet to pump the pollutants underground.

The CCS project has been ongoing for the past month at the Mikawa power station. Toshiba Corp. engineers believe the carbon capture technology has the capacity to eventually trap up to 90 percent of coal producing pollutants. And that the technology combined with the use of alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar power, would reduce global warming.

Shigeo Murai, who heads a study group on CCS at Japan’s Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, declared “CCS will be the only technology to reduce emissions on a grand scale.” “At the same time it won’t be able to reduce overall emissions on its own. It will need help from solar and wind power,” added Murai.

But opponents of the carbon storing technology say, the underground CO2 could contaminate groundwater, cause health risks, and even eventually seep into the atmosphere, which would defeat the purpose of the technology.

Proponents of alternative energy sources also claim the CCS technology could lead to even more use of dirty fossil fuels, as the storing of the pollutants underground would have the effect of releasing trapped oil and methane gas deposits.

There is also the very real concern, that the large-scale injection of liquid pollutants deep into the earth could trigger earthquakes.

Nevertheless, CCS technology seems to be gaining traction, as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is also jumping into the carbon storing business, with its eye on exporting the technology, which could bring in potentially, billions in revenue for the company.



3 Responses to “Japan Plans to Inject Pollutants Deep Underground”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 2nd, 2009 2:26 pm

    I think I prefer the giant Japanese robot flying around in the stratosphere and capturing pollutants for later delivery to a secret weapons facility.

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  3. Alternative Energy Sources on November 3rd, 2009 5:30 pm

    IF only those pollutants will be decomposed beneath the soil then it’s a nice way of getting rid of it, but if not, then it will still cause pollution to the soil.

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