World’s first full-scale clean coal plant now up and running

Guest post by Beth Mole

After decades of delays, technology that cuts carbon emissions from commercial power plants has made its worldwide debut.  

The Canadian company Saskpower has officially fired up the Boundary Dam power station, which is equipped with technology called carbon capture and storage. The technology allows the plant to cut 90 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions — the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road.  

Smaller, pilot projects have proven that the technology can reduce pollution from power plants, the single largest source of carbon dioxide emissions. The 110-megawatt Boundary Dam station, located in Estevan, Saskatchewan, marks the first commercial-scale demonstration of the technology. 

For details on the technology, read SN‘s feature “Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut.”

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