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CSIRO sees hope for carbon capture technology

The CSIRO is set to release its latest findings to the government on carbon dioxide capture technology this week following a four year $21 million research program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Australian coal-fired power stations.

The report will confirm that post-combustion carbon dioxide capture (PCC) technology operates effectively under Australian conditions and is now technically available to the industry as the first stage in the carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) chain, the research body advised. While Australia continues to rely heavily on its low cost and easy to mine coal reserves, technology can be introduced to the sector to at least reduce its substantial contribution to carbon emissions, CSIRO said. Coal provides some 80 per cent of Australia’s electricity, some 17 per cent of export income and approximately 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, according to CSIRO.

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