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Kentucky coal-fired power plant set to host $19.5mn carbon capture system


Jul 21, 2014 -

A $19.5 million carbon capture pilot project is set to be located at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown Generating Station.

Construction of the 2-MW thermal post-combustion carbon dioxide (CO2) capture pilot system is expected to be completed this fall, with testing to follow shortly after. It will consist of six modules connected side by side. The focus of the “catch and release” style pilot system will serve to demonstrate the integration of carbon capture technology at an existing power plant. Testing is expected to finish by mid-2016.

The project, in partnership with the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, was made possible through a $14.5 million competitive financial assistance award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and cost-share funding from the university, the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence, the Carbon Management Research Group (CMRG) and project team members including the Electric Power Research Institute and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America.