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ION Clean Energy Awarded $5.8M for Carbon Capture Tech (Funding)
ION Clean Energy,Nebraska Public Power District
Date: 2019-10-02
Boulder, Colorado-based solvent-based CO2 capture technology specialist ION Clean Energy, Inc. reports it has been selected by the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and awarded $5.4 million to complete a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a 600-mw equivalent, CO2 capture system designed to be retrofitted into Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland, NE.

The project will provide critical data and insight into the transformative potential of ION's CO2 capture technology when deployed at existing coal-fired power plants.

ION Clean Energy is commercializing its proprietary liquid absorbent process and working with local and global partners to commercialize and deploy its CO2 capture technology. (Source: ION Energy, PR, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: ION Clean Energy, Alfred "Buz" Brown, CEO, 303.997.7097, info@ioncleanenergy.com, , www.ioncleanenergy.com; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Public Power District,  ION Clean Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


DOE Invests $56Mn in Coal Technology Projects (R&D, Funding)
US DOE,DOE Office of Fossil Energy
Date: 2019-09-23
The U.S. DOE is announcing 32 winners for $56.5 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects for advanced coal technologies and research under six separate funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). The projects further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening clean coal technologies and cover a range of topics, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage; rare earth element recovery; coal to products; crosscutting coal R&D; steam turbine efficiency; and advanced materials. The awards are as follows:
  • $10 million for ten projects under DE-FOA-0001992, Maximizing the Coal Value Chain. The projects will develop innovative uses of domestic coal for upgraded coal-based feedstocks used to produce power and make steel and for producing high-value products from coal or coal by-products.

  • $11.9 million under DE-FOA-0001996, Advancing Steam Turbines for Coal Boilers. The two projects selected under this FOA seek to improve the performance of steam-based power cycles, resulting in lower cost electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour from coal fueled boilers.

  • $9.3 million for ten projects under DE-FOA-0002001, Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants. This effort supports DOE's Crosscutting Research Program, which develops technologies that can be applied to a range of fossil energy uses.

  • $5 million under DE-FOA-0002002, Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants. DOE selected five projects to support its Crosscutting Research program, which fosters the development and deployment of innovative systems for improving efficiency and environmental performance.

  • 3 projects will receive up to $15 million under DE-FOA-0002003, Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from United States Coal-Based Resources.

  • 2 projects will receive $5.3 million under DE-FOA-0001998, Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface. This award seeks to reduce uncertainty of and enable real-time decision-making associated with subsurface carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. The selected projects support DOE's Carbon Storage Research Program by improving characterization and prediction of subsurface fluid movement and enhancing real-time measurement of critical subsurface properties.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)will manage the selected projects. (Source: US DOE, 20 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  NETL,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  US DOE,  


  • DOE Announces $110Mn Grant Funding for CCUS R&D (R&D Funding)
    US DOE,NETL
    Date: 2019-09-16
    The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced approximately $110 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects under three funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Approximately $75M is for awards selected under two FOAs announced earlier this fiscal year; $35M is for a new FOA.

    These FOAs further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening coal while protecting the environment. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option for coal-fired energy sources or gas-fired power plants and other industrial sources to lower their CO2 emissions.

    Under the first FOA award, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants, DOE has selected nine projects to receive $55.4 million for cost-shared R&D. The selected projects will support FEED studies for commercial-scale carbon capture systems.

    Under the second FOA award, Regional Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment, DOE selected four projects to receive up to $20 million for cost-shared R&D. The projects also advance existing R&D by addressing key technical challenges; facilitating data collection, sharing, and analysis; evaluating regional infrastructure; and promoting regional technology transfer.

    Under the new FOA, , DOE is announcing up to $35 million for cost-shared R&D projects that will accelerate wide-scale deployment of CCUS through assessing and verifying safe and cost-effective anthropogenic CO2 commercial-scale storage sites, and carbon capture and/or purification technologies. These types of projects have the potential to take advantage of the 45Q tax credit for each ton of CO2 sequestered or utilized. The credit was recently increased to $35/metric ton for enhanced oil recovery and $50/metric ton for geologic storage.

    Projects selected under this new FOA shall perform the following key activities: complete a detailed site characterization of a commercial-scale CO2 storage site (50 million metric tons of captured CO2 within a 30 year period); apply and obtain an underground injection control class VI permit to construct an injection well; complete a CO2capture assessment; and perform all work required to obtain a National Environmental Policy Act determination for the site.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory NETL) will manage the selected projects. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 13 Sept., 2019)Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy. www.energy.gov/fe/foa-2058-front-end-engineering-design-feed-studies-carbon-capture-systems-coal-and-natural-gas, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NETL,  CCS,  US DOE,  CCUS,  CO2,  Office of Fossil Energy,  


    ExxonMobil, Global Thermostat Partner on CCS Tech (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Irving, Texas-headquartered U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil is reporting an agreement with NYC-based Global Thermostat to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that can capture and concentrate CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and industrial sources with the goal of slowing climate change.

    Should the technical readiness and scalability of the technology be determined, pilot projects at ExxonMobil facilities could follow, according to a MobilExxon press release.

    As previously reported, ExxonMobil recently committed to spending as much as $100 million over 10 years with the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on research to bring lower-emission tech to commercial scale. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 1 July, 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Global Thermostat, Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO, 646-798-6217, www.globalthermostat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  CCS,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    ExxonMobil, Nat. Labs to Collaborate on Lower-Emissions R&D (R&D)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil industry juggernaut ExxonMobil reports it will invest as much as $100 million over 10 years to research and to develop advanced lower-emissions technologies in collaboration with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

    The research aims to advance potential scalable technologies that improve energy efficiency, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions from the production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals, according to ExxonMobil. Initial collaborative efforts will explore ways to bring biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercial scale across the power generation, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. (Source: ExxonMobil, GreenCar Congress, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Biouels,  CCS,  


    DOE Announces $87Mn for Coal R&D Projects (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the nation's capitol, the U.S. DOE has announced up to $87.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects for advanced coal technologies. In 2017, coal was the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the United States.

    The R&D projects for coal-fueled power plants and technologies include the following separate funding opportunities:

  • Advancing Steam Turbine Performance for Coal Boilers -- This FOA seeks to improve the performance of steam-based power cycles, resulting in a lower cost of electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour for coal-fueled boilers. This FOA also includes an area of interest for conceptual engineering design for steam turbines in the 50 -- 350 MW range in support of DOE's Coal FIRST initiative. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Advanced Turbines Program will support these projects. DOE Funding: Up to $22 million

  • Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface -- This FOA seeks to reduce uncertainty and enable real-time decision making associated with subsurface carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. FE's Carbon Storage Research Program will support these projects. Read more details about this FOA here. Up to $4.8 million is available.

  • Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants -- This FOA aims to develop innovative technologies that will enhance the performance and economics of the existing and future coal fleet thereby lowering electricity costs for consumers. FE's Crosscutting Research Program will support these projects. Up to $14.5 million funding available.

  • Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants -- This FOA will reduce the cost and enhance the cyclic durability of materials used in advanced ultrasupercritical power plants. These advanced materials are critical to increasing the efficiency and reliability of coal-fueled power plants. FE's Advanced Materials Program will support these projects. Up to $26 million available.

  • Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from Coal-Based Resources -- This FOA will support cooperative agreements to advance the development of technologies for recovery REEs and CMs from domestic coal-based resources through both novel and conventional extraction, separation, and recovery processes. FE's Feasibility of Recovering Rare Earth Elements Program will support these projects. Up to $20 million available.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage all of the selected projects.

    Download details HERE. ( Source: US DOE, April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, Sec. of Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, Assist. Sec., www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  


  • NETL, SwRI Tout New Methane, GHG Detector (New Prod & Tech)
    National Energy Technology LaboratorySouthwest Research Institute,,
    Date: 2019-02-18
    The U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is touting the Smart Methane Emission Detection System, a next generation of gas leak detection technology that combines remote sensing and artificial intelligence capabilities in a system.

    The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later. The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others. (Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane ,  National Energy Technology Laboratory,  Southwest Research Institute,  ,  


    DOE Announces $30Mn for Carbon Capture Tech. R&D (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-10-03
    In the nation's capital, te U.S. DOE is announcing up to $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D under the second closing of the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement.

    Selected projects will support the development of solvent, sorbent, and membrane technologies to address scientific challenges and knowledge gaps associated with reducing the cost of carbon capture, supporting DOE's goal to develop technologies that can significantly reduce the cost of CO2 capture from coal fired power plants.

    Specifically, projects must address one area of interest, Development of Novel Transformational Materials and Processes. Projects will seek to fill research gaps in either membrane transport properties or process designs. Research in transport properties should lead to new membrane materials with improved performance, while development of new process designs should reduce pressure drop and energy consumption.

    Successful applicant projects will join 11 other projects previously chosen by FE to receive approximately $28.9 million during the first closing of this FOA in Fiscal Year 2018. The funded projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: US DOE, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: US DOE, Carbon Capture Program under the Office of Fossil Energy, www.netl.doe.gov/research/coal/carbon-capture; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Carbon Capture,  


    $7Mn Awarded for Geological Carbon Storage R&D (Funding)
    Office of Fossil Energy,NETL
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Kallanish Energy is reporting the US DOE Office of Fossil Energy has awarded $7 million in grants to the University of Illinois and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to advance the development and validation of geological CO2 storage technologies.

    The two projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The University of Illinois will focus on reservoirs and residual oil zones in the Illinois Basin in three states. The university received $3.4 million in federal funds and will provide $917,881 in matching funds.

    The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) will establish the Williston Basin CO2 Field Laboratory in the South Central Cut Bank oilfield in Montana. The NDEERC received $3.4 million in federal funds and will provide $873,926 in matching funds.

    Since 1997, DOE's Carbon Storage program portfolio includes industry cost-shared technology development projects, university research grants, collaborative work with other national laboratories, and research conducted in-house through the NETL Research & Innovation Center. The Carbon Storage program incorporates: Core Storage Research and Development; Storage Infrastructure; and Strategic Program Support to address significant technical challenges in order to meet program goals that support the scale-up and widespread deployment of CCS.

    Download details on the US DOE Carbon Storage Program HERE. (Source: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, Kallanish Energy, Others, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; University of Illinois, (217) 333-1000, https://illinois.edu; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov; UNDEERC, (701) 777-5000, www.undeerc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  Office of Fossil Energy ,  Carbon Storage,  NETL,  


    DOE Awarding $30Mn for CCS Feasibility Projects (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy reports it is splitting $29.6 million between three newly selected R&D projects to determine the feasibility of commercial-scale carbon storage complexes as part of the second phase of the cost-shared Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) program.

    The selected projects are intended to promote sustainable efforts among fossil resources and cut down on the cost of advanced fossil energy technologies -- permanent geologic storage for carbon dioxide to coincide with the predicted use of transformative carbon capture technologies beginning around 2025.

    This marks the second phase of an effort which has already seen approximately $15.4 million distributed among 13 projects. The latest round will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and include projects run by the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the University of Wyoming. (Source: US DOE, Energy Insider, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise, www.researchfunding.duke.edu/carbon-storage-assurance-facility-enterprise-carbonsafe-storage-complex-facility; DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  


    UK CAER Expanding Carbon Capture R&D (Ind. Report)
    University of Kentucky
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In Lexington, the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) reports it will receive over $940,000 from the US DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to advance its carbon dioxide capture R&D. The Phase 1 funding is for a three-phase project as part of the U.S. DOE Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilot program. The new funding will allow UK CAER to advance its research by nearly 10 times and bring the technology closer to commercialization.

    UK CAER's current 0.7 mw small pilot CO2 capture facility that operates at Kentucky Utilities' E.W. Brown Generating Station in Burgin, Kentucky, has led to scientific and engineering breakthroughs in the field, according to the CAER. The post-combustion system features modular equipment and free-standing columns with built-in advanced controls to continually minimize the CO2 capture energy penalty while responding to a dynamic external demand. The new system will combine several facets to simultaneously address capital cost, energy consumption, load change and environmental impact.

    Project collaborators include LG&E and Kentucky Utilities, Carbon Clean Solutions, University of Texas at Austin, Membrane Technology Research, Electric Power Research Institute, Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute, Koch Modular Process Systems, Worley Parsons and Smith Management Group. (Source: University of Kentucky, PR, May, 2018) Contact: University of Kentucky CAER, Kunlei Liu, principal investigator , (859) 257-0200, www.caer.uky.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Kentucky,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


    NETL Offers Carbon Capture Simulation Software (New Prod & Tech)
    NETL,Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative
    Date: 2018-04-04
    The Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI), led by the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is reporting release of the CCSI Toolset as open source software.

    The CCSI Toolset is the nation's only suite of computational tools and models designed to help maximize learning and reduce cost and risk during the scale-up process for carbon capture technologies. The toolset is critically important to perform much of the design and calculations, thus reducing the cost of both pilot projects and commercial facilities.

    The release makes the toolset code available for researchers in industry, government, and academia to freely use, modify, and customize in support of the development of carbon capture technologies and other related technologies. The toolset is hosted on GitHub.

    The CCSI Toolset capabilities include: rapid computational screening; accelerated design & evaluation and; risk management support

    Led by NETL, CCSI leverages the the US DOE's National Laboratories' core strengths in modeling and simulation -- bringing together the best capabilities at NETL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. CCSI has more than 50 industrial partners representing the power generation industry, equipment manufacturers, technology providers, engineering and construction firms, and software vendors. Academic participants include Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, West Virginia University, Boston University, and the University of Texas.

    This critical work is being extended by the Carbon Capture Simulation for Industry Impact project, which is using the CCSI Toolset to support the scale up of second-generation capture technologies and the development of new transformational carbon capture systems through partnerships with technology developers. (Source: NETL, April, 2018) Contact: NETL, www.netl.doe.gov; Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative, www.acceleratecarboncapture.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NETL,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative,  


    Battelle-Led MRCSP Touts CCSU Demo Project Success (Ind. Report)
    Battelle,Core Energy LLC
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In Columbus, Ohio, a Battelle-led team known as Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) reports it has successfully stored 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of its large-scale demonstration project. The MRCSP demo is one of eight such DOE projects helping to develop and deploy carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.

    In the intervening decade since the project got underway Battelle began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, in conjunction with Traverse City, Michigan-based Core Energy LLC, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 being used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the depleted oil fields of Michigan's Northern Reef Trend.

    The MRCSP comprises a 10-state region that generates almost 25 pct of all electricity generated in the country -- more than half of that by burning coal. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the U.S. established by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: Battelle, PR, Bus.Wire, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Core Energy LLC, www.coreenergyholdings.com; Battelle, Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investigator for the MRCSP, T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, masseytr@battelle.org, www.battelle.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership,  Battelle,  Core Energy ,  


    DOE Invests $17.6 Mn in Technologies Capable of Reducing CO2 Capture Cost (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-02-26
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE reports it has selected six projects to receive $17.6 million in federal funding under the Office of Fossil Energy's Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement.

    This FOA will address the cost and operational challenges associated with current CO2 capture technologies that are commercially available for industry, providing for additional development to these technologies at coal-fired power plants. Some of the challenges that will be addressed include a need to improve the reliability and operational flexibility; reduce high capital costs; and reduce the high-energy penalty associated with operating existing technology.

    The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the selected projects, which will concentrate on transformational technologies focused on: developing transformational materials and processes for CO2 capture that will enable step-change reductions in the capital and energy cost; and enabling technologies that facilitate improved performance of transformational CO2 capture processes to reduce capital cost and energy penalties, and improve operational reliability and flexibility. Funding recipients include:

    Development and Bench-Scale Testing of a Novel Biphasic Solvent-Enabled Absorption Process for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture University of Illinois -- DOE: $2,999,941; Non-DOE: $750,052; Total: $3,749,993;

    Bench-Scale Development of a Transformational Graphene Oxide-Based Membrane Process for Post-Combustion CO2 Capture -- Institute of Gas Technology dba Gas Technology Institute (GTI) -- $2,914,074; Non-DOE: $728,738; Total: $3,642,812;

    Development of Self-Assembly Isoporous Supports Enabling Transformational Membrane Performance for Cost-Effective Carbon Capture -- Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR) (Newark, CA) DOE: $2,907,219; Non-DOE: $726,805; Total: $3,634,024;

    Mixed-Salt-Based Transformational Solvent Technology for CO2 Capture -- SRI International -- ; DOE: $2,999,922; Non-DOE: $782,817; Total: $3,782,739

    A Process with Decoupling Absorber Kinetics and Solvent Regeneration Through Membrane Dewatering and In-Column Heat Transfer – University of Kentucky Research Foundation -- DOE: $2,998,293; Non-DOE: $750,642; Total: $3,748,935;

    Flue Gas Aerosol Pre-Treatment Technologies to Minimize Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Solvent Losses -- Linde, LLC -- DOE: $2,787,742; Non-DOE: $696,936; Total: $3,484,678. (Source: US DSOE, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory , www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  US DOE,  


    Battelle Completes AEP CCS Project in West Va. (Ind. Report)
    Battelle, AEP
    Date: 2017-11-01
    In the Buckeye State, the Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute -- a private nonprofit applied science and technology development company -- is reporting the conclusion of one of the first tests for geologic storage of carbon dioxide at a commercial, coal-fired power plant at the American Electric Power (AEP) Mountaineer Plant in New Haven, West Virginia.

    The carbon capture and storage (CCS) research project, which began in 2002, was supported by the United States 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 20 MW pilot test facility, with on-site CO2 capture, compression, transport, and injection. Battelle was then hired by AEP to continue providing geologic CCS expertise followed by a post-injection monitoring and site closeout phase ending in 2017.

    It was the first CCS project at a working coal-fired power plant, it was funded primarily by private sources and helped establish the technical viability of CCS to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, and to store carbon dioxide in geologic layers with limited prior data.

    The project demonstrated the full life-cycle, from inception, characterization well-drilling to find suitable storage zones, reservoir analysis, integration with pilot-scale system for a CO2 supply, injection, storage assessment, monitoring and final close-out in 2017. (Source: Battelle, PR. 28 Oct., 2017) Contact: Battelle, Katy Delaney, (614) 424-7208, delaneyk@battelle.org, www.battelle.org; AEP, Matt Usher, Director of New Technology Development & Policy Support, (800) 672-2231, www.aepohio.com; Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, www.mrcsp.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CO2,  Battelle,  AEP,  


    ION Eng. Completes Mongstad Carbon Capture Demo (Ind. Report)
    ION Engineering,Technology Center Mongstad
    Date: 2017-06-09
    Boulder, Colorado-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist ION Engineering is reporting completion of a six-month demonstration of its carbon capture system at the CO2 Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) in Norway. ION's Advanced Liquid Absorption System (ALAS) technology is capable of capturing over 90 pct of CO2 from refinery flue gas and natural gas, with low emissions and energy requirements.

    During the TCM test campaign, ION conducted over 150 individual experiments, testing its system on residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) gas from Statoil's refinery, which closely resembles the CO2 concentration of the flue gas produced in coal-fired power plants. It also tested on flue gas from TCM's combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which is fueled by natural gas.

    ION's proprietary ALAS is comprised of a liquid absorbent, process technology, and the company's newest analytical technology, a Multicomponent Liquid Analyzer, (MLA), which is capable of near-real-time compositional analysis of the liquid absorbent.

    To date, ION is the only U.S. company to have successfully tested its capture technology on RFCC gas at TCM. Over $25 million in funding for the tests was provided by the US Dept. of Energy's NETL, with significant in-kind contributions from TCM. (Source: ION Engineering, PR, 7 June, 2017) Contact: ION Engineering, Dr. Buz Brown, CEO, www.ion-engineering.com; Technology Center Mongstad, +47 56 34 52 20, www.tcmda.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ION Engineering,  CCS,  Mongstad ,  


    DOE-OFE Announces $44Mn for CO2 Storage R&D (Funding, R&D)
    U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2016-12-02
    In the Nation's capital, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy reports that 16 carbon storage projects have been selected to receive more than $44 million for cost-shared research and development. The funding is part of DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative, which seeks to help mitigate CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

    Organizations and projects selected will address key research gaps in the path toward the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, including the development of commercial-scale (50+ million metric tons CO2) geologic storage sites for CO2 from industrial sources. These sources -- cement, iron and steel production -- currently account for an estimated 21 pct of all U.S. carbon emissions. The selected projects will build on the lessons learned from the Office of Fossil Energy's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships' large-scale field projects while considering the next set of technical challenges for carbon storage.

    Funding recipients include: the Carbon Management Institute at the University of Wyoming (Laramie): University of Illinois (Champaign): University of Texas at Austin: University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Battelle Memorial Institutein Columbus, Ohio; Electric Power Research Institute in Palo, Alto, California; University of North Dakota (Grand Forks); University of Kansas/Kansas Geological Survey (Lawrence); Columbia University (New York, New York); Louisiana State University and A&M College (Baton Rouge) and the Southern States Energy Board in Norcross, Georgia.

    The Office of Fossil Energy funds research, development and demonstration projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced carbon technologies and further the sustainable use of the nation's fossil resources. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, Nov., 2016) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Fuel Energy, energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy, https://netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy,  


    UND Awarded $10Mn for Carbon Capture R&D (Funding, R&D)
    DOE Office of Fossil Fuel
    Date: 2016-12-02
    UND energy researchers will receive $10 million in federal grants for two major studies for capturing carbon dioxide. The Energy and Environmental Research Center on UND's campus was awarded an $8.8 million grant to determine the feasibility of developing a commercial-scale storage complex for carbon dioxide in central North Dakota, its congressional delegation announced Wednesday. The remaining $1.2 million will be used by EERC researchers to study the possibility of workers capturing CO2 emissions from the Nebraska Public Power District's Gerald Gentleman Station 300 miles west of Omaha, Neb. The 1,365-MW coal-fired facility is Nebraska's largest electric power plant.

    The funds come from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise initiative.

    North Dakota produces approximately 30 million tpy of lignite coal and has the second-largest known reserves of lignite in the world behind Australia, according to Bismarck State College's National Energy Center for Excellence. (Source: Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks Heald, U.S, DOE, 30 Nov., 2016) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Fuel Energy, energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy, https://netl.doe.gov; University of North Dakota, UND.info@UND.edu, http://und.edu

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    NREL says City-Level Energy Policies Could Significantly Cut Nationwide Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    NETL
    Date: 2016-10-24
    The US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it recently released Estimating the National Carbon Abatement Potential of City Policies: A Data-Driven Approach report examined the carbon abatement potential of city actions in six policy areas as part of the DOE's Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project.

    The report found that by 2035, six city-level policy approaches could cut nationwide carbon emissions by 210-480 million mtpy of carbon emissions -- a 7-19 pct reduction in carbon emissions for the average city relative to current city-level emissions.

    The report, illustrates the comparative impacts of city-level energy actions and helps cities better understand how their particular climate and characteristics influence these impacts. For example, by enacting more stringent building energy codes, cities could reduce building energy use by about 10 pct on average. Due to higher natural gas use in colder climates, the carbon reduction potential of building energy code policies is almost double for cities in the Midwest. Additional city actions such as enabling policies enacted at the state or federal level could significantly augment a city's carbon abatement potential.

    Collectively, Cities-LEAP resources and tools, funded and supported by funded by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, provide credible data and transparent, usable analytic methodologies to help city policymakers and staff members take more strategic energy actions toward a clean energy future. (Source: NREL, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: NREL, Eric O'Shaughnessy, lead author on the report www.nrel.gov; US DOE LEAP Program, , http://energy.gov/eere/cities-leading-through-energy-analysis-and-planning

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    DOE, NRCan Partner on Oxy-Combustion CO2 Capture (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resources Canada,Gas Technology Institute
    Date: 2016-10-21
    The US DOE and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are reporting the launch of a new 1MWth facility at NRCan's CanmetENERGY Laboratory in Ottawa. The project, which aims to test an advanced process to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants. could potentially capture 98 pct of CO2 emissions. The project is intended to assess oxy-fired pressurized fluidized bed combustion (oxy-PFBC), a process which uses pure oxygen instead of air to burn fuel and produces heat that generates electricity without generating other pollutants. By concentrating on the CO2 produced prior to combustion of either biofuel-biomass or fossil fuel in the turbine, the process can cut the cost of CO2 capturing, according to the US DOE.

    Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is leading the project in partnership with the Linde Group, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Alstom Power and Alberta Innovates. The project, which received $13 million in grant funding under DOE Fossil Energy Advanced Combustion Program, is managed by the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: US DOE, NRCan, EBR, Others, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca; GTI , Ron Snedic, VP Corp. Dev., www.gastechnology.org; NETL, https://netl.doe.gov

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    GTI, SwRI, GE Global Research Leading Supercritical CO2 Pilot Power Plant Project (Ind. Report)
    Gas Technology Institute,NETl,GE Global Research
    Date: 2016-10-19
    Gas Technology Institute (GTI), together with partners Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and GE Global Research, has been selected by the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) for an $80 million award to design, build, and operate a 10 MWe sCO2 pilot power plant. The goal is to advance the technology development of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton power cycles.

    GTI will design, construct, commission, and operate a versatile 10 MWe sCO2 pilot-plant test facility located at SwRI's San Antonio, Texas campus. The project will address the r&d needs of the component vendors and support the risk reduction and commercialization needs of the systems integrators and end users. Developing and maturing the technology at pilot scale will spur the development of necessary equipment, understanding, and characterization needed for larger-scale sCO2 power conversion systems.

    GTI is working on a portfolio of technologies that can reduce the cost and environmental impact of electrical power plants. These include novel uses of captured CO2, advanced power cycles using supercritical CO2 rather than steam, low-cost oxygen generation (for oxy-combustion), and more efficient CO2 capture methods for plants without oxy-combustion. (Source: GTI, 17 Oct., 2016) Contact: GTI, www.gastechnology.org; SwRI, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org; NETL, https://netl.doe.gov; www.netl.doe; GE Global Research. +49 89 5528 3000, www.geglobalresearch.com

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