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Integrated Assessment of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) in the German Power Plant Sector with Special Emphasis on the Competition with Renewable Energy Technologies

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P. Viebahn, D. Vallentin, S. Holler, M Fischedick
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This journal article presents the results of an integrated assessment of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) in the power-plant sector in Germany. It emphasizes competition with renewable energy technologies. Assessment dimensions are comprised of technical, economic and environmental aspects, long-term scenario analysis, the role of stakeholders, public acceptance, and regulatory issues. The results lead to the conclusion that even in the case of ambitious climate protection targets and current energy policy priorities, the result is always a limited demand for CCS. Globally, CCS at power plants might be an important climate protection technology; coal-consuming countries such as China and India are increasingly moving center-stage into the debate.