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2023-09-18 14:47
Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs

MOEA Promotes Demonstration and Verification of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology for Net-zero Emissions

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MOEA Promotes Demonstration and Verification of Carbon Capture and Storage Technology for Net-zero Emissions
In response to the global trend of net-zero emissions, Taiwan announced the 12 Key Strategies for Net-Zero Transition on March 30th, 2022, which included the Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) technology. Bureau of Energy (BOE), MOEA has referenced international practices, and coordinated with Taiwan Power Company (TPC) and CPC Corporation to acquire domestic scientific geological data by demonstration and verification projects. This will help accumulate preliminary operational experience of carbon sequestration in Taiwan.

Envisioning the significant demand of carbon reduction in the future, nations around the globe have proactively captured and stored carbon dioxide emitted by thermal power plants and steelmakers. Approximately 45 million tons of carbon dioxide has been captured annually, which is equivalent to 1/6 of Taiwan's annual carbon emission, or the carbon absorption capacity of 110,000 Taipei Daan Forest Parks. Amidst this international trend, Taiwan is also rolling out demonstration projects to promote carbon storage. State-owned companies, TPC and CPC, have started planning drilling, construction of ground facilities, and environmental monitoring at test sites. The trial injection for the aforesaid effort is scheduled to take place in 2025 for demonstration, verification of feasibility, and monitoring of the safety of domestic geological storage technology. This further supports Taiwan to achieve the target of 2050 net-zero emissions.

According to BOE, international organizations, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and International Energy Agency (IEA), have repeatedly highlighted the importance of CCS in the global net-zero transition. Countries like the United States, Canada, and Norway, are running some commercial CCS projects. Japan has also completed the demonstration of geological storage of 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide. BOE further indicates that the CCS technology can capture carbon dioxide in the exhausts of coal or gas-fired power plants and factories. The captured carbon dioxide will then be injected into kilometers-deep underground geological formations at appropriate sites, preventing the carbon dioxide from returning to the atmosphere. People who are interested in the CCS technology are welcomed to visit the BOE YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=objq_fBby78) for more details.

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