The Carbon Capture Newsletter is compiled by National Energy Technology Laboratory to provide information on recent activities and publications related to carbon capture.
Emissions Control Project Portfolio
The Emissions Control Program supports the DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s mission of minimizing the environmental impacts of fossil fuels while working toward net-zero emissions by addressing critical operational and environmental issues impacting the U.S. coal-based power generation sector.
The motivation for this report is the recent focus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) gasification program to develop modular scale gasification processes for electricity generation and other applications. Mass-produced, modular gasification systems have been proposed to decrease the upfront capital costs and to encourage flexible deployment of advanced gasification technology using a diverse set of feedstocks. To fully realize the benefits of advanced gasification technology for power generation as well as other chemical applications, pre-combustion carbon dioxide (CO2) capture must be considered. Therefore, the aim of this report is to assess the potential of integrating modular scale carbon capture processes with modular scale coal gasification technologies, and to help guide future research and development efforts in this area.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL)’s Carbon Capture R&D program has released its 2020 Compendium of Carbon Capture Technology. The Compendium of Carbon Capture Technology provides a technical summary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)/NETL’s Carbon Capture Program, assembling carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology research and development (R&D) descriptions in a single document. The R&D efforts include the development of advanced solvents, sorbents, membranes, and novel concepts for both post- and pre-combustion CO2 capture, along with R&D collaborations.
Supporting the introduction of a technology into commercial use can greatly accelerate learning-by-doing, driving down costs and reducing operational risk for future commercial applications.
Success Story: National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC)
Internationally recognized for excellence, the NCCC has established the United States as a global leader for testing of pre- and post-combustion carbon capture technologies as evidenced by the extensive use of the facility by international technology vendors.
This Handbook focuses on advanced solvent, sorbent, and membrane technologies for CO2 capture, as well as advanced CO2 compression technologies. The significant advances that have been made with CO2 capture and compression technologies are summarized with regard to thermodynamic, cost, and process characteristics. In addition, recommendations are provided regarding future carbon capture and compression R&D.