CWLP could become world’s largest carbon capture research station

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

City Water, Light & Power is on path for constructing the world’s largest research and development pilot for a new carbon capture system.

The U.S. Department of Energy had about 30 responses from power plants across the country when it initially proposed the idea about three years ago. The DOE has narrowed it down to about five competitors – CWLP being one.

While CWLP is not guaranteed to host the pilot system, Kevin OBrien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois, and the principle investigator overseeing the project, said DOE is “very impressed by the team,” and by CWLP’s facility…

The goal of the three-phase project is to simply show that it can capture carbon dioxide, which would open up for further projects determining what to do with the captured chemical. Its full research results are projected to be completed in 2025 by the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the DOE.

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