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Fri, 05/21/2010 - 8:30am
The Associated Press

The Saskatchewan government and Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi Ltd. say they have struck a deal to to develop energy and carbon capture environmental technologies.

The two partners have signed an agreement to help commercialize low-carbon energy technologies that involve a process called carbon capture and storage, or CCS.

That's a field led by Saskatchewan, a major coal-fired power producer and home to the world's largest monitored CCS demonstration project.

CCS systems divert carbon dioxide produced in burning coal or natural gas and ship the gas via pipeline deep underground or to other storage areas so it doesn't enter the atmosphere and produce the greenhouse gas effect.

Hitachi and Saskatchewan have a 40-year relationship in the power generation field, including work on coal, natural gas and wind generation technologies.

The company has built power generation equipment for Saskatchewan Power Corp. a Crown owned utility.


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