Battelle completes 15-year CCS project


Battelle, a global research and development organisation committed to science and technology for the greater good, has completed one of the first tests for geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) at a commercial, coal-fired power plant.

Battelle started the carbon capture and storage (CCS) research project at the American Electric Power (AEP) Mountaineer Plant in New Haven, West Virginia in 2002 with research funding from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

Based on the positive findings from the exploratory well drilling and seismic survey, AEP decided in 2007 to proceed with a 20MW pilot test facility, with on-site CO2 capture, compression, transport and injection.

Neeraj Gupta, Battelle Senior Research Leader, said in a statement, “The geologic storage programme was essential for proving the CO2 storage capacity, injectivity and safe containment at a working power plant.”

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