ION Clean Energy, a Colorado-based carbon capture technology company, has been awarded a $5.8m grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

The funding will be used to complete a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system to be installed at the Nebraska Public Power District’s (NPPD) Gerald Gentleman Station, in Sutherland, Nebraska.

“We are pleased to be a part of this collaboration that furthers our initiative to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to commercialise technology with the potential for large-scale decarbonisation of existing power generating units at an affordable cost,” said Alfred Brown, ION’s CEO.

ION has coupled its solvent-based CO2 capture technology with a design and engineering team made up of ION, NPPD, Sargent & Lundy, Koch Modular Process Systems and Siemens to complete the project.

The team is now working together to complete the FEED study for a 600-megawatt equivalent, commercial-scale CO2 capture plant.

“Technologies that can capture CO2 in a cost-effective manner are necessary because our coal burning generation resources bring significant value to our customers,” said Tom Kent, NPPD’s Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. 

The project will provide insight into the potential of ION’s carbon capture technology when deployed at existing coal-fired power plants.

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