Australia’s energy requirements are currently dependent on electricity from the combustion of coal. CSIRO has developed technologies to reduce the carbon emissions from coal fired power stations.
Post-combustion technology captures CO2 from flue gases before it is emitted to the atmosphere.
Pre-combustion technology separates CO2 from gasified coal in an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant.
Both pre and post-combustion technologies are able to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
CSIRO has conducted extensive development programs in collaboration with industry to show that the technologies are technically viable and available for take up if costs and efficiency penalties can be further reduced.
CSIRO has established world leading expertise in the science and is focused on the deployment of large-scale capture and storage projects, conducted in partnership with industry and government, in Australia and overseas.