Energy professor raises red flag on Ørsted's CCS plans

It would be unfeasible if Ørsted’s plans for carbon capture would end up decelerating the phase-out of biomass, says energy professor. However, the utility assures that capture efforts will take place at new plants with long lifecycles.

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Energy professor at Aalborg University Brian Vad Mathiesen grew concerned when EnergyWatch revealed last week that Ørsted plans to capture 400,000 tonnes of CO2 from its biomass-fired heat and power plants by 2025.

”Now we must tread carefully. The operating life must decrease at existing biomass facilities - so that we’re not locked in by CCS investments, which prevent it!” he wrote on Twitter in response to the news story.

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