It’s been announced this month that Shell is to study the feasibility of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) coal power plant, which actually runs on hydrogen.

The oil major has announced plans to conduct a feasibility study into a 1,000 megawatt (MW) power plant in Holland, claiming the low carbon emissions plant would capture and store most of the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the coal and biomass it would use as its fuel.

The coal and biomass would then be gasified, producing a synthesis gas which would be used to make hydrogen. Hydrogen would then in turn, power the electricity generating turbines.

According to the company, gasification makes it easier to capture CO2 than conventional burning.

The study, being carried out with Essent, will also look at suitable sites for CO2 storage in abandoned oil and gas oilfields, suggests www.lowcarboneconomy.com.
In the UK three companies, ScottishPower, E.On and Peel Energy are bidding to build a demonstration CCS plant. The EU has also said it will support the development of 12 such plants throughout member states.