The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research is the recipient of $2.2 million in federal funding. The money will go to support phase two of a demonstration project to develop a carbon-capturing coal- fired power plant.
Director Rodney Andrews said work now focuses on lowering the cost to achieve CO2 capturing. He said it currently would require about 30% of the power plant’s output to operate the solvent interaction process for emissions. “So, what we have targeted is reducing both the cost for capture, but also the amount of energy that has to be used to do that,” said Andrews
Andrews says there are also studies underway to see if heat produced in the plant could help power the co2 capturing facility. The just announced money from the U.S. Department of Energy supports complete engineering design. Phase three would involve the construction and operation of the power plant.
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