The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will participate in a $55.4m nationwide research project on carbon capture in Southern Illinois.

The University was one of nine organisations to be selected to study commercial-scale carbon capture systems through the DOE’’s grant programme. 

“I’ve seen firsthand in Illinois how effective carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) can be in bringing economic and environmental benefits,” said Senator Tammy Duckworth.

“Investing in research and infrastructure for these technologies has the potential to encourage job growth, fight climate change and secure our global leadership in the energy sector for years to come.” 

The project is funded through the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy’s Front-End Entering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants programme.

“This federal funding will support the University of Illinois’ innovative research related to making carbon capture more effective, which could lead to significant environmental and economic benefits,” said Senator Dick Durbin.

Under the announcement, the University will participate in a FEED study for the installation of a carbon capture system at the Prairie State Generating Company’s (PSGC) Energy Campus in Marissa, Illinois. 

The project will be based upon the Advanced KM CDR Process carbon dioxide capture technology from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The process is a sine-based capture system that uses the KS-21 solvent and can lower the cost of carbon capture.