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A socio-technical framework for assessing the viability of carbon capture and storage technology

Markusson, N, Kern, F, Watson, J, Arapostathis, S, Chalmers, H, Ghaleigh, N, Heptonstall, P, Pearson, P, Rossati, D and Russel, S 2012, 'A socio-technical framework for assessing the viability of carbon capture and storage technology' , Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79 (5) , pp. 903-918.

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Abstract

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is seen as a key technology to tackle climate change. The principal idea of CCS is to remove carbon from the flue gases arising from burning fuels for electricity generation or industrial applications and to store the carbon in geological formations to prevent it from entering the atmosphere. Policy makers in several countries are supportive of the technology, but a number of uncertainties hamper its further development and deployment. The paper makes three related contributions to the literatures on socio-technical systems and technology assessment: 1) It systematically develops an interdisciplinary framework to assess the main uncertainties of CCS innovation. These include technical, economic, financial, political and societal issues. 2) It identifies important linkages between these uncertainties. 3) It develops qualitative and quantitative indicators for assessing these uncertainties. This framework aims to help decision making on CCS by private and public actors and is designed to be applicable to a wider range of low carbon technologies. The paper is based on a systematic review of the social science literature on CCS and on insights from innovation studies, as well as on interviews about assessment of new technologies with experts from a range of organisations and sectors.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Energy
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Business and Management Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0040-1625
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Funders: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Power
Depositing User: D Rossati
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 17:13
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/35494

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