Carbon Sequestration Research

In 2013, NPPD began participating in a unique study involving a potential new CO2 capture process. NPPD is a member of the Partnership for CO2 Capture (PCO2C), a partnership administered by the Energy and Environmental Research Center located in Grand Forks, N.D.

The project garnered the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy which is funding $15 million of the total $19 million cost. In addition to the EERC and NPPD, participants in the research include: ION Engineering, Inc., based in Boulder, Colo. and the University of Alabama Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. This will be the first demonstration project testing ION’s unique solvent outside of a laboratory setting.

EERC identified ION Engineering’s solvent as being a potential low-cost solution for carbon capture from the Partnership for CO2 Capture Program. Initial laboratory test results with the solvent  conducted by ION Engineering and the EERC indicate it potentially could be a more cost-effective solution for carbon capture than other solvents currently being proposed or tested.

The project is taking place at the National Carbon Capture Center (NC3) near Willsonville, Alabama and monitored and controlled by ION Engineering. The research involves installing carbon dioxide capture equipment to an approximate 1 megawatt equivalent partial stream of exhaust gas from an existing coal fired power plant co-located with the NC3 for carbon dioxide capture and then return it to the unit’s exhaust.

The project testing is ongoing, concluding in the fourth quarter of 2016. Additional scale up testing up to 13 megawatts equivalent will be performed at the Mongstad Statoil testing facility in Norway and is currently scheduled to be completed by the frist quarter of 2018.

Why we are involved

“NPPD is involved in the project because our coal burning generating resources bring significant value to our customers,” said NPPD Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. “We also want technologies that can capture COin a cost-effective manner. Testing such technologies should be done on a larger scale to collect ‘real world’ data. We are pleased to be a participant in this project and hope to learn if the potential exists to capture carbon and advance the technologies in this area for the power industry.”