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Universities Awarded Clean Coal Research Grants

(ANL.gov)

The U.S. Department of Energy says 10 universities will receive grants for research on the development of clean coal technologies. Each grant of about $300,000 will be supplemented with additional funds from the schools, for a total research budget of $3.1 million.

The grants are expected to support research on high-pressure corrosion-resistant alloys, . . . → Read More: Universities Awarded Clean Coal Research Grants

Universities to Examine CO2 Injections for North Sea Oil

Oil rig in the North Sea (Crawfish Head/Flickr)

Geoscientists at University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, with the British Geological Survey, will examine the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) to recover more oil from North Sea wells, while storing the CO2 underground. The program, called Centre for North Sea Enhanced Oil Recovery . . . → Read More: Universities to Examine CO2 Injections for North Sea Oil

University Start-Up to Generate Power with Stored CO2

(USGS.gov)

A spin-off company from University of Minnesota is commercializing a process for generating electricity with geothermal energy from stored carbon dioxide captured at coal-fired power plants. Heat Mining Company LLC, in Rapid City, South Dakota, is based on a technology invented by Minnesota faculty Martin Saar (earth science) and Thomas Kuehn (engineering), and . . . → Read More: University Start-Up to Generate Power with Stored CO2

Consortium to Study Ocean Potential for Carbon Storage

Light-emitting phytoplankton (Scripps Institution of Oceanography/NASA)

The new ISIS (In-Situ Iron Studies) Consortium announced today its plans to study the role of iron in regulating the ocean’s capacity to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide. The group of scientists from 12 institutions worldwide aims to better understand the impact of iron on marine ecosystems and to . . . → Read More: Consortium to Study Ocean Potential for Carbon Storage

Water Purification Method Harnesses CO2 from Captured Carbon

Krebs & Sisler LP, a Winnetka, Illinois energy research firm, unveiled a method of purifying water using carbon dioxide (CO2), which the company proposes as a way of using the large amounts of CO2 captured in new “clean coal” technologies. The method, says Krebs & Sisler, also rapidly grows algae, that can be used as . . . → Read More: Water Purification Method Harnesses CO2 from Captured Carbon

Energy Dept. Scales Back FutureGen CO2 Capture Project

The St. Louis Business Journal reports today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has backed away from its original plan to build a new carbon sequestration facility in southern Illinois, choosing instead to retrofit an existing power plant in the same region. The new design, funded by a $1 billion Recovery Act grant, is . . . → Read More: Energy Dept. Scales Back FutureGen CO2 Capture Project

Energy Department Helps Fund Six CO2 Capture Pilot Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will help fund six projects that aim to convert captured carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial sources into useful products such as fuel, plastics, cement, and fertilizers. DoE will contribute $106 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, combined with $156 million in private cost sharing.

The projects . . . → Read More: Energy Department Helps Fund Six CO2 Capture Pilot Projects