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The United States government is providing up to $408 million in funding for two new projects to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants. U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced July 1st that a new facility in California, Hydrogen Energy International, will receive up to $308 million dollars in funding to incorporate advanced technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Funding up to $100 million will be provided to Basin Electric Power Cooperative, an existing power plant in North Dakota, for the same purpose.
Secretary of Energy Chu said the projects represent a major step forward in the fight to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-based power plants. "These new technologies will not only help fight climate change, they will also create new jobs and position the United States as a leader in carbon capture and storage technologies for many years," he said.
The selection of the two projects is part of the third round of the Clean Coal Power Initiative or CCPI. This cost-shared collaboration between the U.S. government and private industry is aimed at increasing investment in low-emission coal technology by demonstrating advanced coal-based, power generation technologies. CCPI seeks to accelerate the readiness of advanced coal technologies for commercial development, ensuring the United States has clean, reliable, and affordable electricity and power.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative will partner with Powerspan and Burns and McDonnell to demonstrate the removal of carbon dioxide from the flu-gas of a lignite-based boiler by adding carbon dioxide capture and sequestrations. The result will be ninety percent removal of carbon dioxide from the treated flu gas.
Hydrogen Energy International, a joint venture owned by British Petroleum Alternative Energy and Rio Tinto, will design, construct, and operate an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant that will take blends of coal and petroleum coke, combined with non-potable water, and convert them into hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide will separated from the hydrogen and transported by pipeline to nearby oil reservoirs where it will be injected for storage and used for enhanced oil recovery. The hydrogen gas will be used to fuel a power station. The project will capture more than 1,800,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
These and another projects are further proof of the commitment of the United States to clean, safe, affordable energy for Americans and people everywhere.