Is Carbon Capture and Storage the Fix?

Promoted in Europe, the technology for storing CO2 emissions underground could someday transform electric utilities and other industry into eco-friendly businesses

At a power station in northeastern Germany, several buildings stand alongside the main 1,600-megawatt coal-fired power plant. To the average visitor, the complex—made up of warehouses, silos, and pipelines—is indistinguishable from any other industrial park. But for Swedish utility Vattenfall, which owns the project, it represents a bold new future. That's because the buildings contain a pilot 30-megawatt power plant fitted with new technology that could virtually end carbon dioxide emissions from the world's heavy industry.

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