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Project summary

CESAR aims for a breakthrough in the development of low-cost post-combustion CO2 capture technology to provide economically feasible solutions for both new power plants and retrofit of existing power plants which are responsible for the majority of all anthropogenic CO2 emissions.

The primary objective is to decrease the cost of capture down to 15 /tCO2.
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The scientific evidence for man-made changes in the earth's climate as a result of greenhouse gas emissions (in particular CO2) is now generally accepted. In January 2007, the European Commission recommended new targets to cut their collective greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from the 1990 level by 2020 with the ambition to go to a 30% cut if other non-EU states are prepared to collaborate. The 27 European Union member governments approved these new targets at the Spring Council meeting of EU heads of government (March 8th 2007).

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is considered as an essential component in the strategy to meet the ambitious emission reduction goals. CCS buys time needed for the transition to sustainable energy systems as it allows for continued use of fossil energy sources without CO2 emissions. Although technically possible a major obstacle for the large-scale introduction CCS is the cost of capturing CO2. Current existing technologies under development aim for 30-40 /ton1 while a cost level of at most 15 CO2/ton is required according to the topic of the call: ENERGY.2007.5.1.3.

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