The US Department of Energy will provide about $1 billion of cost-shared funding to the FutureGen Industrial Alliance for the FutureGen 2.0 Project, a public-private partnership developing the world’s first commercial-scale, coal-fueled oxy-combustion electric generation project integrated with carbon capture and geologic storage.
The Alliance, cooperating with Ameren Energy Resources, will upgrade one unit in a power plant currently owned by Ameren near Meredosia, Ill. The repowered unit will include oxy-combustion and carbon capture technologies designed to capture at least 90 percent of its CO2 emissions during steady-state operation and reduce other emissions to near zero. The captured CO2 will be transported through an approximately 30-mile pipeline to wells where it will be injected approximately 4,000 feet below ground into a geologic saline formation for permanent storage.
The project will be designed to capture, transport and inject approximately 1.2 million tons of CO2 annually, and up to a total of 24 million tons over approximately 20 years. The Alliance will also construct and operate visitor, research and training facilities related to carbon capture and storage in the vicinity of Jacksonville, Ill.
The DOE-funded demonstration period will last for 56 months from the start of operations (approximately 2017) through 2022.
The EPA late last month issued a final rule that the agency says will help create a consistent national framework to ensure the safe and effective deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies.