This week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced six projects moving forward in a funding opportunity launched last year for large scale pilot projects aimed at enabling improvements in coal-powered systems. Two of these projects,
Membrane Technology and Research and the University of Kentucky's CAER have partnership agreements with the Integrated Test Center to test at the Gillette facility
should they receive construction/operation funding in the final phase of the DOE funding opportunity.
The six projects announced this will receive approximately $14.7 million in federal funding for Phase II of the three phase funding opportunity. Projects in Phase II will complete a front-end engineering design study and complete the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Two projects will then move to the final phase of construction and operation.
The two projects slated to test at the ITC, should they be selected for DOE funding are:
- Large Pilot Testing of the MTR Membrane Post-Combustion: Membrane Technology and Research Inc. (Newark, CA) will conduct a FEED study among other design preparations in Phase II of their membrane system tests. A successful design would allow for reduction in construction time and costs and an increase in quality for large-scale commercial plants that use this membrane system.
- UKy-CAER Heat-Integrated Transformative CO2 Capture Process in Pulverized Coal Power Plants: University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY) will move forward with plans to apply its transformative CO2 capture approach to ensure continued utilization of abundant, low-cost coal while also affordably meeting and managing environmental concerns. Preparation for construction will begin in Phase II. The successful application of this system will provide a clear path to developing commercial-scale carbon capture and storage units.
For more information on the DOE Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots funding opportunity,