The University of Kentucky Centre (CAER) for Applied Energy Research has received a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to advance its carbon capture system.

The funding marks the second phase of a three-phase programme launched by the DOE to support large-scale, fossil fuel research and development. 

“Our CO2 capture research has made giant leaps over the past decade,” said Principle Investigator Kunlei Liu. 

“And this phase two grant will allow our team to take necessary steps to lead this research forward and commercialise our process-orientated, post-combination CO2 capture technology.”

According to Liu, the second phase of the project will allow CAER to move forward with its four-pronged COcapture system, taking the next step toward demonstrating its technology to a ten-megawatt electric equivalent scale.

The centre’s post-combustion system features modular equipment and free-standing columns with built-in advanced controls to continually minimise the CO2 capture energy penalty while responding to a dynamic external demand. 

If CAER is successful in phase two of the programme and it receives funding to support phase three, the centre will increase the scale of the Burgin facility by more than ten times.

“When we think about the future energy production, we know fossil fuels will be involved in the mix for years to come,” said Heather Nikolic, Co-Investigator for the project and Research Programme Manager at CAER. 

“Finding new ways to produce energy in an environmentally friendly manner is hallmark of UK CAER, and we remain committed to finding a pathway to capture CO2 in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.”

Project collaborators include: Carbon Clean Solutions, University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon University, Electric Power Research Institute, Integrated Testing Centre of Wyoming, Trimeric Corporation, Koch Modular Process Systems, Worley Group and Smith Management Group.

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