U of I scientists pitch $40M carbon capture project for CWLP

Read the full story from the Springfield State Journal-Register.

A research center with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking for support from the Springfield City Council on a $40 million pilot project that would retrofit City Water, Light and Power’s newest power plant to capture carbon dioxide.

Kevin OBrien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, presented their proposal to council members during Monday’s Utilities Committee meeting. The project would study whether the method of capturing carbon dioxide from CWLP’s emissions is effective and cost-efficient.

If chosen, the project, from construction to operation to possible tear-down, would be entirely funded through a U.S. Department of Energy grant. The U of I center is currently one of nine finalists in the running for the grant. Construction would begin in 2021 and the study would last through 2025. If the study was successful and CWLP wanted to continue the project, the center could go back to Department of Energy to see if the purified carbon dioxide could be stored and used for commercial purposes, like growing algae for biofuel or for fertilizer.

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