Akermin wins $3 million carbon capture agreement with DOE

St. Louis-based Akermin Inc., won a $3 million cooperative agreement to support development of the technology for post-combustion carbon capture from power plants.

The work under this program will build off of Akermin's current field pilot that has now accrued over 2,800 hours of operation, consistently capturing over 80 percent carbon dioxide, with no degradation in performance and no biocatalyst replenishment.

This successful demonstration at the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Alabama was also made possible through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Pittsburgh.

The new funding will be used to develop and test Akermin's second-generation approach using a design enabled by its proprietary biocatalyst delivery system. The goal is to demonstrate that the approach can be applied to capture carbon dioxide using less energy, in a process that has lower capital and operating costs.

The development target is to capture carbon dioxide from large industrial processes at a cost that will economically enable various carbon dioxide utilization options, including enhanced oil recovery, according to Akermin. The work under this cooperative agreement will focus on post-combustion carbon dioxide capture from fossil-fueled power plants. Akermin's technology can also be applied to cost-effectively capture carbon dioxide from the exhaust gas of other industrial processes.

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