The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to invest $44m in seven advanced carbon capture technology projects.

The DOE’s of Fossil Energy has selected the projects to receive the federal funding for cost-shared research and development.

The projects are designed to reduce carbon consumption and capital costs associated with next-generation carbon capture systems. Specifically, they will target one of two areas: engineering-scale testing of transformational solvent- or membrane-based carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies, or designing a commercial-scale, post-combustion CO2 capture system at an existing coal-fuelled generating unit.

The winners are:

  • · Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR) (Newark, CA) will scale up next-generation PolarisTM membranes and modules to a final form for commercial use and validate their potential in an engineering-scale field test at the Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway.
  • · RTI International (Research Triangle Park, NC) will advance its non-aqueous (water lean) solvent-based CO2 capture technology and tests will be performed using the existing large-scale pilot infrastructure at the Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway. This project expands on work conducted with DOE in both the Office of Fossil Energy’s and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s portfolios.
  • · SRI International (Menlo Park, CA) will demonstrate its Mixed-Salt Process at engineering scale, using the existing infrastructure at the Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway. The objectives are to address concerns related to scale-up and integration of the technology in coal-based power plants.
  • · TDA Research, Inc. (Wheat Ridge, CO) will design, construct, and operate an engineering-scale 1 megawatt-electric post-combustion, hybrid carbon capture system. This system consists of a polymeric membrane and a low-temperature physical adsorbent to remove CO2 from the flue gases generated by coal-fired power plants. The membrane, developed by Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., will be responsible for bulk CO2 removal, while the TDA-developed sorbent will extract additional levels to achieve an overall 90 percent system removal.
  • · Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) will produce an engineering design and cost estimate of a membrane-based post-combustion CO2 capture system on Duke Energy’s East Bend Station in Kentucky. The project team will create a model that replicates the station’s performance and will be used to estimate the impacts of retrofitting CO2 capture to the plant.
  • · ION Engineering, LLC (Boulder, CO) will provide a detailed design and cost estimate for a retrofitted, 300-megawatt-equivalent, commercial-scale CO2 capture facility. The facility is located at Nebraska Public Power District’s Gerald Gentleman Station Unit 2, in Sutherland, Nebraska.
  • · The University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND) will design and determine the cost of installing a post-combustion CO2 capture system at the Milton R. Young Station, owned by Minnkota Power Cooperative. The project will design a fully integrated post-combustion CO2 capture system; test a solvent on coal-derived flue gas; and conduct a techno-economic and pre-front-end engineering and design (FEED) analysis of the system.