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GTI and Carbon Clean Solutions Awarded $2.9M DOE Funding

January 20, 2019

The DOE Office of Fossil Energy has awarded $2.9 million to GTI and CCS-US, the U.S. subsidiary of CCSL, to develop and test a potentially transformational carbon capture technology.

GTI and CCS-US will design, build, and test a prototype demonstration unit at GTI’s Des Plaines, Illinois headquarters that will undergo further field testing with coal-fired flue gas at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Alabama. The 30-month project will showcase a novel equipment design and advanced solvents that could reduce the levelized cost of carbon capture to the DOE’s target of $30 per tonne or less.

Called ‘ROTA-CAP’, the technology works by using novel rotating packed beds (RPBs) to intensify the carbon capture process. Will Shimer, General Manager, CCS-US, says, “This is an exciting project that promises to further reduce the cost of carbon capture, and the most important feature is that it will be scalable. ROTA-CAP technology could provide a major reduction in both capex and equipment size and enable wider-scale commercial deployment of carbon capture systems globally.”

“GTI is excited to have CCSL as a partner in this technology development project for DOE’s Carbon Capture Program,” says Osman Akpolat, GTI Technology Manager. “This technology aligns well with the Program’s focus on maximizing the efficiency of the current U.S. fossil-based power generation infrastructure and dramatically reducing the cost of carbon capture technology to facilitate commercial implementation. As with our other technology initiatives also supported by the DOE Carbon Capture Program, GTI seeks to provide significant improvements relative to the current state of the art and we are encouraged by the promise of the ROTA-CAP technology.”

The grant follows CCSL’s successful completion of a research and development programme with Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield in the UK in 2016 under a grant from the U.K. Government’s department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy. (Carbon Capture Journal)

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