R&D Seed Grant: Development of Liquid Membrane for Solvent-Based Post-Combustion CO2 Scrubber

Grants and Contracts Details


The ultimate project goal is to develop a new concept/approach that is critical to the development of a cost-effective, low energy penalty post-combustion C02 capture technology for Kentucky's coal-fired power generation fleet. The proposed concept is capable of meeting our national target on greenhouse gas (C02) reduction -- at least 90% capture of the carbon fed to the power plant (90% C02 capture) with less 15% increasing in cost of electricity. More immediate objectives will be to: (l) to develop and demonstrate an innovative liquid membrane for solvent-based post-combustion C02 scrubber; (2) to demonstrate the feasibility of retrofiting existing coal-fired electricity fleet using solvent based CO2 scrubber technology; and (3) to collect the kinetics and fluid dynamics data needed for pilot-scale design and construction. The proposed project represents a critical first step in initiating a research program at the University of Kentucky in collaboration with E-ON US and Duke Energy aimed at developing practical technologies for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, mercury, and other pollutants that occur during the combustion of coal to generate electricity in response to the future carbon constraints. The implementation of such technologies will promote the continued use of our abundant coal resources, meet the needs of Kentucky's economic growth in an affordable manner, and maintain our commitment to the environment. Through the proposed research, the Recommendations 25, 42 and 48 in Governor Ernie Fletcher's 2005 Comprehensive Energy Strategy will be supported, and objectives of this solicitation can be reached.
Effective start/end date10/15/076/30/09


  • KY Office of Energy Policy: $148,640.00


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