Enhanced Oil Recovery

Capture of carbon dioxide from a power plant and using it for enhanced oil recovery has a lower carbon footprint than using corn ethanol for transportation applications.  This application can potentially use all the carbon emissions from 30 MW of coal-based power generation for over 30 years.  About 0.3 tons of carbon dioxide is needed to produce one barrel of oil and about 70% of injected carbon dioxide is stored in the oilfields.  The use of captured CO2 for oil recovery can enhance the life of oilfields in an environmentally responsible way.