Department of Energy invests $67 million in carbon capture projects

Published 11/11 2013 10:18AM

Updated 02/17 2014 02:18PM

From Green Right Now Reports

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced funding for 10 projects aimed at developing advanced technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from coal combustion.  The projects, valued at up to $67 million over three years, focus on reducing the energy and efficiency penalties associated with applying currently available carbon capture and storage technologies to existing and new power plants.

The Obama Administration has made a goal of developing cost-effective deployment of CCS technologies within 10 years, with an objective of bringing 5 to 10 commercial demonstration projects online by 2016.

Carbon dioxide power plant capture systems currently require large amounts of energy for their operation, resulting in decreased efficiency and reduced net power output when compared to plants without CCS technology.  The goal of these projects is to reduce the energy “penalty” with carbon capture and sequestration technologies, thereby reducing costs and helping to move the technology closer to widespread use.

Post-combustion CO2 capture technology offers great near-term potential for reducing power sector CO2 emissions because it can be retrofitted to existing plants.

The announced investments include:

American Air Liquide, Inc. (Newark, Del.) — $1,266,249

Gas Technology Institute (Des Plaines, Ill.) — $2,986,063

3H Company, LLC (Lexington, Ky.) — $2,740,033

Akermin, Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.) — $2,608,759

ION Engineering, LLC (Boulder,Colo.) — $2,999,614

University of Illinois (Champaign, Ill.) — $1,261,459

URS Group (Austin, Texas) — $3,000,000

Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (Joseph City, AZ) — $14,756,199

Siemens Energy, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) — $8,960,000

ADA-ES, Inc. (Littleton, CO) — $11,133,706

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