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Researchers to Discuss Nearly 60 Projects Focused on Point Source Carbon Capture

Experts in the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants, industrial sites and other large emitters of the greenhouse gas will discuss their cutting-edge work when NETL hosts “Point Source Capture — Lab, Bench and Pilot-Scale Research,” the next focus area in the Lab’s 2021 Carbon Management and Oil and Gas Research Project Review Meeting.

Nearly 60 sessions on the design and development of novel materials, devices and processes to capture CO2 emissions will be presented Thursday and Friday, Aug. 12-13, and Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 16-17. All sessions are virtual, free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Click here to review the four-day agenda of presentations. 

Each day is devoted to the efforts undertaken by NETL and its partners in industry and academia, both in the U.S. and abroad, to develop transformational carbon capture technologies. International collaboration will be highlighted on the first day of sessions when researchers discuss a project that could culminate in an engineering-scale test campaign at Norway’s Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) and may ultimately reduce energy consumption in carbon capture operations at coal-fired power plants using a non-aqueous solvent.

“The fifty-eight projects we will showcase in a span of four days are not only devoted to lowering the cost of carbon capture, but they are also critical initiatives to meet the Biden Administration’s goals of net-zero carbon emissions in the U.S. electricity sector by 2035 and the broader U.S. economy by 2050.  They will also advance decarbonization efforts throughout the world,” said Dan Hancu, NETL technology manager for Carbon Capture.

Presentations on the development of revolutionary sorbents and membranes, pre- and post-combustion carbon capture technologies, and efforts to scale up these technologies will be presented by researchers from the nation’s largest research universities, chemical companies, research organizations and other NETL partners.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management has adopted a comprehensive multi-pronged approach for the research and development of advanced CO2 capture technologies that have the potential to provide step-change reductions in both cost and energy requirements as compared to currently available technologies.

“We are excited about these upcoming sessions and the opportunity to bring together world-class expertise to share and discuss many promising efforts to capture CO2 from the entire range of industrial sources,” Hancu said.

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. By leveraging its world-class talent and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.