DOE, NRCan Announce Pilot Plant to Advance Oxy-Combustion Carbon Capture

Douglas Hollett, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, open the new U.S.-Canada clean heat and energy project in Ottawa. (Credit Natural Resources Canada)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Canada’s Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) today announced the opening of a new 1 Megawatt Thermal (MWth) facility to test an advanced process to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants.  The announcement was made during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility in Ottawa.

The new 1 MWth facility will test oxy-fired pressurized fluidized bed combustion (oxy-PFBC) as a means to more efficiently and economically capture CO2 and help advance the commercialization of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) in the U.S. as well as Canada.  CCUS is seen as a critical tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.  Successful results from this project will help scale up the oxy-PFBC process to commercial scale.

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