CAER developing ammonia-based CCU technology


Two groups from the University of Kentucky Centre for Applied Energy Research (CAER) have joined forces to develop an ammonia-based looping integrated carbon capture and utilisation technology.

For more than a decade, the groups have been investigating and creating new technologies for different methods of carbon capture for coal-fired power plants and facilities. Now, thanks to a grant from the US Department of Energy, the groups have joined forces.

The $3.7m collaborative project, titled Ammonium Looping with Membrane Absorber and Distributed Stripped for Enhanced Algae Growth, includes DOE funding and industry and University cost-share.

Heather Nikolic, Research Program Manager at CAER, said, “This new carbon capture and utilisation system design marries use of non-degradable capture solvent with continuous, steady feed of nutrients to the algae.”

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