R&D Seed Grant: Feasibility of Capture and Utilization of CO2 from Kentucky Power Plants by Algal Systems.

Grants and Contracts Details


The goal of the proposed project is the formation of a Kentucky-based research cluster whose mission will be to identify and demonstrate methods to reduce C02 emissions associated with fossil fuel utilization within the state. The cluster will comprised of the University of Kentucky (Center for Applied Energy Research, Department of Biosystem and Agriculture Engineering, Department of Forestry), Kentucky State University (Department of Biology), and Northern Kentucky University (Department of Biology). The research cluster proposes to evaluate a novel closed-loop energy cycle for meeting future energy needs and reducing atmospheric C02 emissions via an enhanced-growth algal ecosystem coupled with fossil fuel utilization for electric power or coal-to-liquids facilities. The proposed technology has the potential to both reduce our reliance on fossil fuels as well as to convert C02 emissions generated during power production, from a global pollutant to value-added products. As such, the proposed project addresses recommendations II, 25, 42, 48, and 54 in the 2005 Kentucky Comprehensive Energy Strategy. Further, it is anticipated that the proof-of-concept data generated during the project will subsequently be used to prepare a competitive proposal for submission to the DOE carbon sequestration program. Energy Problem: The project will help to alleviate two problems related to energy production: (I) a reduction of greenhouse-gas (C02) emissions from fossil fuel combustion; and (2) reduction of our imported crude oil requirements via provision of a biomass-based source of liquid fuels.
Effective start/end date5/1/076/30/08


  • KY Office of Energy Policy: $47,156.00


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