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Paddy Manning reports carbon capture and storage problematic by Justin Blows
July 19, 2010, 9:38 am
Filed under: Feature

The Sydney Morning Herald journalist Paddy Manning went to a US carbon capture and storage conference and his report is here.

It is a very sobering read. If what he says is right, there are few experts that actually believe that carbon capture and storage of emissions from coal fired power plants will become a widespread solution.

He also states of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute: “The institute is eager to convey it is an entrepreneurial and private organisation, which can somehow allow technology transfer without breaching patent rights. Tough gig”

I am not so sure it is a tough gig. The computer industry is a great example of how people cross license their patent rights and buy others where needed to get hold of the technology they want. In many ways, patents make an very good vehicle for the transfer of technical ideas. How else do you know what you are getting unless the intellectual property is formalised? Is there any reason to believe that this or a similar scenario will not be repeated for carbon capture and storage technologies? I don’t think so.

I believe that the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute paid for him to go to the conference but I would think they are now regretting that decision.

Justin Blows


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