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Energy Department Investments in Innovative Carbon Capture Projects

Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Technologies

COMPANY CITY & STATE PROJECT TITLE DOE INVESTMENT PROJECT DESCRIPTION
SRI International Menlo Park, CA CO2 Capture Using Advanced Carbon Sorbents at a Slipstream Scale Approx. $10.5 million The project team will test a CO2 sorbent capture process and conduct pilot-scale testing of the sorbent under realistic conditions to validate affordability and opportunities for CO2 use in commercial applications such as enhanced oil recovery or chemical operations. 
SRI International Menlo Park, CA Development of Mixed-Salt Technology for CO2 Capture from Coal Power Plants Approx. $1.7 million Researchers will develop and test a low-cost, solvent-based technology to extract CO2 from existing or new pulverized coal power plants by combining the benefits of two different solvents.
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. Newark, CA Bench-Scale Development of a Hybrid Membrane-Absorption CO2 Capture Process Approx. $3 million This project will develop and evaluate a hybrid membrane-absorption CO2 capture system that could lower the energy required for regeneration in CO2 capture processes.
ION Engineering Boulder, CO ION Advanced Solvent CO2 Capture Project $15 million The research team will test an advanced CO2 capture solvent under realistic slipstream conditions during continuous long-term operation to further the goal of smaller, more efficient COcapture processes. 
ADA-ES, Inc. Highlands Ranch, CO Optimizing the Costs of Solid Sorbent-Based CO2 Capture Process Through Heat Integration Approx. $1 million The team, partnering with leading solids-to-solids heat exchanger company Solex Thermal, will advance carbon capture technologies with solid sorbents by reducing the energy penalty and overall cost for CO2 capture by recovering heat generated by the sorbent during the capture process. 
TDA Research, Inc. Wheat Ridge, CO Sorbent-Based Post-combustion CO2 Slipstream Testing Approx. $5 million Researchers will design, build, operate, and evaluate a pilot-scale unit for slipstream testing using real flue gas to verify the technical and economic feasibility of this technology, collecting the data necessary for further scale up and economic analysis. 
American Air Liquide, Inc. Newark, DE CO2 Capture by Cold Membrane Operation with Actual Power Plant Flue Gas Approx. $4 million Researchers will validate a CO2 capture process that combines cold-temperature membrane operation with partial CO2 liquefaction.  
Gas Technology Institute Des Plaines, IL Pilot Test of a Nanoporous, Super-Hydrophobic Membrane Contactor Process for Post-combustion CO2 Capture Approx. $10 million Researchers will conduct a pilot-scale test of a nanoporous, super-hydrophobic membrane combined with a solvent to provide a cost-effective solution for CO2 capture from coal-fired flue gas. 
University of Kentucky Research Foundation Lexington, KY An Advanced Catalytic Solvent for Lower Cost Post-combustion CO2 Capture in a Coal-Fired Power Plant Approx. $3 million The research team will test an advanced solvent and membrane to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of post-combustion CO2 capture. 
Aspen Aerogels, Inc. Northborough, MA Bench Scale Development and Testing of Aerogel Sorbents for CO2 Capture Approx. $3 million Researchers will develop, test, and optimize novel aerogel sorbents to make carbon capture more effective by reducing energy penalties and costs through increased thermal efficiency.
Akermin, Inc. St. Louis, MO Novel Flow Sheet for Low Energy CO2 Capture Enabled by Biocatalyst Delivery System Approx. $3 million A new online catalyst replacement system that will reduce the energy requirements and cost of capturing CO2 using solvents from coal-based power systems will be tested at the bench scale. 
Alliant Techsystems Operations, LLC Ronkonkoma, NY Supersonic Post-combustion Inertial CO2 Extraction System Approx. $3 million Using bench-scale testing conducted with simulated flue gas, the research team will further develop a new method for CO2 capture that utilizes a unique device derived from aerospace applications. 
GE Global Research Niskayuna, NY Pilot-Scale Silicone Process for Low-Cost CO2 Capture Approx. $4.5 million Using a novel silicone solvent, researchers will design, construct, and operate a pilot-scale unit to determine key scale-up parameters of a low-cost CO2 capture process toward practical development at commercial scale. 
GE Global Research Niskayuna, NY Bench-Scale Process for Low-Cost CO2 Capture Using a Phase-Changing Absorbent Approx. $2.4 million The project team at GE Global Research will design and optimize a new process for a novel silicone CO2 capture solvent, leading to commercialization of post-combustion capture of CO2 from coal-fired power plants. 
Research Triangle Institute Research Triangle Park, NC Bench-Scale Development of a Non-aqueous Solvent CO2 Capture Process for Coal-Fired Power Plants Approx $2.4 million The team will conduct bench-scale testing using simulated coal-derived flue gas to address and overcome specific challenges of the non-aqueous solvent CO2 capture process and demonstrate its feasibility and very low energy use. 

 

Pre-Combustion CO2 Capture Technologies

COMPANY CITY & STATE PROJECT TITLE DOE INVESTMENT PROJECT DESCRIPTION
SRI International Menlo Park, CA Development of a Pre-combustion CO2 Capture Process Using High-Temperature PBI Hollow-Fiber Membranes Approx. $2.3 million This project aims to validate a technically and economically viable CO2 capture system based on a high-temperature polymer membrane separation system, and to optimize integration of that system into an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant. 
TDA Research, Inc. Wheat Ridge, CO Pilot-Testing of a Highly Efficient Pre-combustion Sorbent-Based Carbon Capture System $8 million The research team will develop a new sorbent-based pre-combustion carbon capture technology for IGCC power plants that will significantly improve the plant’s efficiency and economic production of power from coals. 
Media and Process Technology, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Robust and Energy Efficient Dual-Stage Membrane-Based Process for Enhanced CO2 Capture $2 million This bench-scale project will focus on an innovative process to capture CO2 from coal-based IGCC power plants. Through this process, a high degree of hydrogen (and consequently CO2) recovery can be achieved.