Tokyo plans to begin a large-scale trial program to capture and store carbon dioxide this year. The goal -reduce emissions of global warming gases.
The technology can capture CO2 emitted from coal power stations and other such facilities, then store the greenhouse gas under the sea or ground.
After that – sell the technology by 2020.
Guidelines on capture and store will be drawn up by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry by April guidelines. After that rules on:
1. the transportation of captured CO2,
2. geographical formations that are suitable for CO2 storage,
3. the density of CO2 gas,
4. how to monitor stored CO2.
Tokyo will start storing CO2 under the seabed by March, 2010 at a rate of about 100,000 tons a year. Some Y3.3 billion ($30 million) was earmarked for the project this fiscal year.
The Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth says up to 150 billion tons of CO2 can be stored in Japan by using available underground and surrounding coastal undersea spaces. This is equal to more than 100 years of Japan CO2 emissions.
If successful worldwide CO2 emissions can be reduced by 20%. Other countries are trying to do the same.
Smells like trouble to me. All that C02 stuffed in a cannister somewhere and stuck underground. Why not just grow more and more trees?