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DOE names new partners in FutureGen 2.0

World Coal,

Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc. (Air Liquide), part of the Air Liquide Engineering & Construction organisation, has been named by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in the development of FutureGen 2.0; the world’s first full scale oxy-combustion power plant incorporating permanent CO2 capture and storage (CCS).

The recently executed co-operative agreement between the DOE and Ameren Energy Resources Company, LLC (AER) is part of a commitment by the DOE to award US$ 1 billion in US federal funding for the clean coal power project, which includes sub-awards to Air Liquide and its technology partner Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc.

Capture and storage of CO2 is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and making clean energy a reality. This project represents the first full-scale production initiative for clean coal energy using oxy-combustion technology and CCS. The project is designed to capture and store approximately 1.3 million tpy of CO2, 90% of the plant’s CO2 emissions.

The project began its first phase on 1 October, 2010, which includes engineering studies and economic analysis to re-power AER’s Meredosia, Illinois 200 MW power plant using clean-coal technology. Subsequent phases of the project will address further engineering and construction activities.

Oxy-combustion uses oxygen instead of air for combustion. Combined with an innovative CO2 purification process, it results in a relatively pure stream of CO2 ready for capture, storage or direct use. The process helps reduce greenhouse gases from industrial activities that use carbon-based fossil fuels.

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