Australia and US partnership to further CCS research

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A US-funded partnership with an Australian start-up aims to improve the capture and storage of carbon dioxide from industrial emissions.

The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) this month awarded more than AU$1.5 million to North Carolina-based 8 Rivers through its FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage program, and 8 Rivers will work with Melbourne-based start-up UNO Technology on their project.

The competitive award will lead to the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that is cheaper, uses less energy than existing methods, and enables power generators to rapidly respond to grid conditions.

UNO Technology founder and director Barry Hooper said, “8 Rivers, a global leader in novel low emission power generation, is working with us to drive down the cost of carbon dioxide capture and move towards a carbon neutral future.

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“We’re developing solutions with up to 65 per cent lower capital costs compared with building a new CCS-equipped power plant. Our approach also provides 10 to 15 per cent lower energy usage than existing carbon capture technologies.

“UNO Technology and 8 Rivers will design, model and optimise low cost carbon capture systems that can be retrofitted to existing natural gas power generators.

“The funding will demonstrate our UNO MK3 carbon capture technologies’ ability to provide flexible, low emissions electricity to emerging near-zero-emission power grids globally.

“While this project focuses on removing carbon dioxide from gas turbines, our technologies are equally applicable to reducing emissions from all carbon dioxide emitting industries – including power; cement; iron and steel; waste to energy; and production of natural gas, hydrogen and biofuels.”

Mr Hooper says the project will advance ARPA-E‘s FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program’s goal of flexible carbon capture.

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