generator siting for CO2 pipeline infrastructure"
Adam Newcomer and Jay Apt
The location of a new electric power generation system with carbon
capture and sequestration (CCS) affects the profitability of the facility
and determines the amount of infrastructure required to connect the plant
to the larger world. Using a probabilistic analysis, we examine where a
profit maximizing independent power producer would locate a new generator
with carbon capture in relation to a fuel source, electric load, and
carbon sequestration site. Based on models of costs for transmission
lines, CO2 pipelines, and fuel transportation, we find that it is always
preferable to locate a CCS power facility nearest the electric load,
reducing the losses and costs of bulk electricity transmission. This
result suggests that a power system with significant amounts of CCS
requires a very large CO2 pipeline infrastructure.
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