Company in Windsor to receive $9M to develop carbon capture technology

Sep 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Top Story

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New Recovery Act Funding Boosts Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Research and Development

$575 Million for Projects in 15 States Will Position U.S. as Leader in Clean Coal Technologies

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of 22 projects that will accelerate carbon capture and storage research and development for industrial sources, including a project in Windsor, Connecticut.

Funded with more than $575 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these R&D projects complement the industrial demonstration projects already being funded through the Recovery Act.  Together, these projects represent an unprecedented investment in the development of clean coal technologies.  This program supports the President’s goal of cost-effective deployment of carbon capture and storage within 10 years and helps to position the U.S. as a leader in the global clean energy race.

“This is a major step forward in the fight to reduce carbon emissions from industrial plants. These new technologies will not only help fight climate change, they will create jobs now and help position the United States to lead the world in clean coal technologies, which will only increase in demand in the years ahead,” Secretary Chu said.

Today’s selections include projects from four different areas of carbon capture and storage (CCS) research and development: 1) Large scale testing of advanced gasification technologies; 2) advanced turbo-machinery to lower emissions from industrial sources; 3) post-combustion CO2 capture with increased efficiencies and decreased costs; and 4) geologic storage site characterization.

Alstom Power is one of five companies to receive part of $90 million in recovery funding to develop advanced technologies for carbon dioxide capture for industrial systems and also application to power plants. 

These projects will advance state-of-the-art CO2 capture technologies with increased efficiencies and decreased costs that can be applied as part of an integrated carbon capture and storage system.  The Department is developing these advanced CO2 capture technologies to ensure that CCS can be an affordable and efficient greenhouse gas emission mitigation strategy for both the industrial and utility sectors. 

Alstom Power will perform oxy-combustion pilot testing at its 5MWe (megawatt electric equivalent) gas flow Boiler Simulation Facility. The results from these pilot tests will be used to perform detailed engineering designs and cost estimates supporting efficient, low-cost oxy-combustion CO2 capture solutions for the industrial and utility sectors. The oxy-combustion system designs will incorporate advanced oxy-firing systems, advanced process controls and CO2 purification. The R&D instrumentation, measurements and data acquisition for the pilot-scale tests will be established to refine and validate simulation tools in order to optimize new and retrofit oxy-combustion boiler applications. The project is relevant to the retrofit of the over 40 percent of the world’s installed base of industrial and utility boilers.

For the full list of projects announced today visit DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (pdf). website.

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