Investment News: Successful Technology Integration

After reading a recent June 22 article Entitled: “Investing in Carbon Capture,” link shown below,
http://www1.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Inves…,
I realized that the carbon-capturing industry is moving fast, so fast that just one month ago what are now outdated methods of carbon capture and storage were talked about as realistic forms of investment for carbon capturing. Note to the article’s author: New technologies have been integrated and are emerging to offer fresh opportunities for those looking to invest in carbon capture.

This article starts off by stating,
𠇌apturing carbon dioxide emissions from sources, such as large power plants, and storing those emissions away from the atmosphere is an important means of mitigating environmental damage caused by the burning of fossil fuels.” The article later says, 𠇌apturing carbon emissions and storing them underground is a crucial technology as we build a clean energy future and address the threat of climate change,” said Secretary Chu.”

Yes, it mitigates environmental damage, I agree, but storing carbon underground serves no purpose economically, and racks up a long list of costs and liabilities. Transferring CO2 via pipeline hundreds if not thousands of miles underground to store in a “secure” underground facility serves the world as a whole very little purpose and contains a high level of risk. Creating and maintaining the facility is the only job creation that comes from this method of storing carbon underground—jobs only for engineering firms and big-bucked CEO’s, followed by a small trickle-down effect realized by employers in a vertically integrated system and temporary sales growth for suppliers.

To truly benefit from carbon capture, we have to take the storage part out of the equation and replace it with product creation. The job creation and value chain that result from this new method of carbon capturing will revolutionize the industry. A producer to consumer supply and demand chain will be created, new jobs will result and new markets will evolve.

Recent technology integrations from the Australian company, MBD Energy, and the United States’ own Origin Oil have created new investment opportunities for those ready to cash in on carbon capture for profit. The two companies are well on their way to developing the world’s first carbon-capturing system with the ability to capture carbon and, instead of storing the emissions underground, temporarily store the emissions in algal synthesizers and bioreactors to support the growth of algae. The algae are then cultured and separated using Origin Oil’s patent-pending, single-step extraction unit to produce bio-fuel and animal-feed stock, which can be sold as commodities on the open market. MBD Energy recently had their integrated test facility evaluated by Australian innovation leader, Senator Carr. The inspections resulted in a $5 million boost in funding to expand MBD Energy’s facilities. This $5 million grant will be matched by MBD Energy and will allow them to expand to a one-hectare, pilot-project plant expected to be completed by end of the first quarter 2011.

With early technology integration test trials receiving additional funding, the future looks bright for MBD Energy and Origin Oil. These early trial successes have led to great optimism for both companies. The ability for both companies to profit from their current position and become industry leaders in carbon capturing seems highly probable. Speculation, however, still looms on this particular project. The question that still remains is: can this method be done on a mass, industrial scale? I believe that if it can be done on a small scale, it can be engineered to be done on a large scale, but only time will tell. Please let me know what you think; leave your thoughts, concerns and further insight on this topic in the comment box below.

References;
1)http://www1.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Investing-In-Carbon-Capture-96891174.html?refresh=1
2)http://www.jcu.edu.au/blogs/atjcu/entry/innovative_algae_to_fuel_project
3)http://www.originoil.com/company-news/originoil-announces-its-first-customer.html
4)http://www.mbdenergy.com/catalogue/c17/c33/p243

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