DOE awards $1mn to test emissions control technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a team led by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), $1 million to evaluate pressurized oxy-combustion in a fluidized bed reactor to feasibly capture greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and its project partners will contribute an additional $267,000 toward the project.

"This is a significant award to advance the technology that could make the process of capturing greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants more economical," said Neeta Patel, director of Energy Systems at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.  "The goal is to capture more than 90 percent of produced carbon dioxide with no more than a 35 percent increase in electricity costs."

The study is the first phase of the project. Upon completion of the study, DOE will select participants for the second phase for component development and testing in a pilot plant.

Other team members include Linde LLC, the Electric Power Institute, Pennsylvania State University and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

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