Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc, a subsidiary of Air Liquide, is to participate in the development of FutureGen 2.0 – the world’s first full scale oxy-combustion power plant incorporating permanent CO₂ capture and storage (CCS).
The recent agreement took place between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Ameren Energy Resources Company, LLC (AER). It formed part of a commitment issued by the DOE to award $1bn of US federal funding for the clean coal power project; which incorporates sub-awards to Air Liquide and its technology partner Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc.
Michael Graff, President and CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc, and member of Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising the Americas, remarked, “We thank the US Department of Energy for the opportunity to apply our clean energy technology. Air Liquide looks forward to working with its partners and the State of Illinois on this extraordinary project.”
The project represents the first full-scale production initiative for clean coal energy using oxy-combustion technology and CCS. The project is designed to capture and store approximately 1.3mn tons of CO₂ on an annual basis, which equates to 90% of the plant’s CO₂ emissions. Initial phases of the project began on 1st October 2010. These included engineering studies and economic analysis to re-power AER’s Meredosia, Illinois 200 MW power plant using clean-coal technology. Meanwhile, later phases of the project will address further engineering and construction activities.
Graff continued, “Oxy-combustion is one of the main paths for reducing CO₂ emissions from coals and other combustion processes. FutureGen 2.0 will help set the stage for future applications of this promising carbon capture technology. With the Environment as a growth driver for Air Liquide, we are proud to contribute to helping the global industrial community meet its energy needs while reducing its carbon footprint.”