FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL), and ExxonMobil (XOM), who announced a partnership in May, have chosen The James M.Barry Electric Generating Station near Mobile, Alabama, for their pilot project.
The project will test fuel cell carbon capture technology with the intention of finding a more economical method.
The 2.7 gigawatt plant uses a mix of coal and gas to operate and will use carbonate fuel cells to concentrate and capture carbon dioxide (CO2) streams from power-plants.
Current CO2 capture processes consume energy, which increases costs. However, the fuel cell solution could substantially reduce expenses and lead to a more economical route toward large-scale CO2 capture and sequestration globally.
”The fuel cell carbon capture solution we are advancing with ExxonMobil could be a game-changer in affordably reducing carbon dioxide emissions”
Chip Bottone, President and CEO of FCE
“The fuel cell carbon capture solution we are advancing with ExxonMobil could be a game-changer in affordably reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants globally,” said Chip Bottone, President and CEO of FCEL. “The carbonate fuel cell solution uses a proven global platform to generate power while capturing carbon dioxide.”
The fuel cells concentrate and capture CO2 and also eliminate about 70% of smog-producing nitrogen oxide (NO) from coal, supporting federal and local clean air initiatives.
“The world’s growing need for electricity makes it critical to continue finding affordable, scalable ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to mitigate the risk of climate change,” said Vijay Swarup, ExxonMobil Vice-President for Research and Development. “We’re excited about the potential of this novel approach as we continue to work on the scientific fundamentals in the lab and look to prove their viability in the field.”