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Carbon capture: Virginia Tech professor says ‘entire new industry is being created’

October 25th, 2013 9:06 pm by Stephen Igo

Carbon capture: Virginia Tech professor says ‘entire new industry is being created’

Dr. Michael Karmis

WISE — Carbon capture and utilization storage (CCUS) technologies are still a long way from commercial application but possess promising economic potential, Dr. Michael Karmis said during a lecture at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Friday.

“An entire new industry is being created,” said one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic. “Simply having (carbon dioxide) reservoirs is an economic resource.” 

Karmis is a Stonie Barker professor at Virginia Tech’s Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering and director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research. He has studied and developed CCUS test programs and been involved in researching carbon capture technologies for many years.

The focus of Karmis’ work in carbon capture technologies has involved coal-fired power plants. Much technical progress in the CCUS field has occurred in recent years but the technology isn’t at the point of commercial applications quite yet, he said Friday.

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