Monthly Archives: November 2010

Who is involved in the project?

The HECA project was acquired in 2011 by SCS Energy, one of the nation’s leading developers of clean power. SCS’ award winning 1,100 megawatt power plant development in New York City helped stabilize the grid by solving a load pocket problem in Queens while helping to establish the use of air-cooled condensing for power plants…

Given that new gas/coal-fired power station with 30 year lifespans are being built each week shouldn’t you focus on capturing CO2 from existing power stations rather than building new ones?

There is a role for both pre-combustion and post-combustion technologies in reducing CO2 emissions from power generation facilities. HECA’s new pre-combustion facility is a significant step in making new power generation facilities able to produce reliable low carbon electricity.

Where has CO2 been successfully captured and stored?

There are several carbon capture and storage projects where facilities are capturing and safely storing CO2. These projects include Sleipner, Norway since 1996, Weyburn, Canada since 2000 and Salah, Algeria since 2004. All of these facilities have operated without any incidents whatsoever. Furthermore, over 30 million tons of CO2 have been injected underground for enhanced…

Where exactly will this CO2 be buried? How can you be sure it will be safely stored?

Due to its unique shape and secure geology, extensive geological analysis has identified the Elk Hills Oil Field as one of North America’s premier geologic traps for enhanced oil recovery and permanent CO2 storage. Millions of years ago, oil began migrating to the Elk Hills reservoir, where tiny pore spaces within the domelike structure of…

How safe is sending CO2 in a pipeline and pumping it into the ground? Is CO2 dangerous?

HECA’s plant will be designed, constructed and operated to meet or exceed the highest local, state and federal environmental, safety and health standards to protect the public and plant workers. Carbon dioxide has been safely transported via pipeline and pumped underground for 40 years by energy companies around the world, including those in Canada and…

Are the technologies proposed for the HECA facility proven?

The HECA facility will use existing proven technologies, but will be one of the first in the world to group them together to generate a stable and predictable source of electricity using clean hydrogen. HECA’s unique process converts coal, petroleum coke and brackish water into liquefied hydrogen and CO2. The clean hydrogen will be used…