Yesterday, Air Liquide, and other North American agencies met with the US Department of Transport to discuss investment in carbon capture and sequestration technology.
Yesterday, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) was the talk of Washington when the Department of Energy met with several key companies to discuss the FutureGen 2.0 project in Illinois.
Those involved in the discussions included Ameran, Babcock & Wilcox, American Air Liquide and the FutureGen Alliance. The project demonstrates the commitment by the Obama administration to invest in environmental energy sources, and in particular those such as CSS. During the meeting timeline commitments were reaffirmed.
Preparation is set to begin the repowering of Unit 4 at the Ameran facility in Meredosia in September, while construction is set to begin in 2012. September is also set to offer the Department of Energy an opportunity to select a site for carbon sequestration research, a workforce training facility, visitor centre and long term CO₂ repository.
James Markowsky, the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy, commented, $quot;While we regret Coles County's decision not to participate in this first of its kind carbon capture and storage project, the Mt. Simon geological formation extends over much of downstate Illinois and offers many other possible locations for storage. We are encouraged by the response we've received from interested communities so far and look forward to working with the project team as they select a new sequestration center over the coming months.$quot;
Markowsky concluded, $quot;We look forward to working with the project team to successfully demonstrate this first of its kind commercial scale carbon capture and storage project with oxy-combustion technology. The lessons learned from this project will help to advance pollution reduction and carbon capture and storage from existing coal fired power plants in the U.S and around the world.”