What is Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)?


Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is three different technologies that together isolate carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The component technologies are:


1. Capture and compression;


2. Transportation through pipelines,


3. Injection for storage deep below the Earth’s surface in saline formations or in depleted gas or oil fields.



CCS costs are expectd to go down as more experience is gained from demonstration projects and technology progress allows more efficent CO2 capture.


Different aspects of CCS technologies are listed below.



Image Courtesy of: Tampa Electric            Shidongkou PCC Plant, outside of Shanghai China                  Schwarze Pumpe

Pre-combustion capture             Post-combustion capture                       Oxy-Combustion





Enhanced oil recovery            Image Courtesy of: Harald Petterson/Statoil                         Costs and Challenges, image courtesy of Flickr

 Enhanced Oil Recovery                    Saline Injection                                 Costs and Challenges









CATF is working to

  • Establish carbon capture and storage as a major global industry.
  • Create a new generation of technologies and institutions capable of removing carbon dioxide that has already been released to the atmosphere.
  • Work directly with industry on getting more federal and state money to support these projects. 
  • Communicate with national and international news outlets, seeking to be seen as an honest arbitrator in coal and climate factual disagreements