28 May 2008 – GE Energy has signed a carbon sequestration alliance agreement with Schlumberger Carbon Services to accelerate the use of “cleaner coal” technology.
The agreement aligns GE’s experience in integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) systems with proven carbon capture capabilities and Schlumberger’s geologic storage expertise and capabilities for site selection, characterization and qualification.
GE is a pioneer in the development, application and operation of IGCC technology, while Schlumberger provides unique expertise, technology and project management for the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2). –CO2 is a possible contributing factor to climate change.
“This is a first-of-its-kind alliance between leaders in IGCC technology and CO2 storage to accelerate the commercial development and deployment of cleaner coal power and encourage the proper regulatory framework,” said Ricardo Cordoba, President of GE Energy Western Europe and North Africa.
“GE can design and supply an IGCC plant with carbon capture today, or as a retrofit. Under this new arrangement, our two companies will align the technical needs of capture and storage for high operability and work in concert to offer customers a cost effective solution that will provide a complete answer for IGCC with CCS that can be readily implemented under the proper regulatory framework,” Cordoba added.
While the new arrangement provides technical and commercial expertise for moving forward with coal-based power generation, clear regulations and policies are needed for large-scale implementation. GE’s IGCC plants can be built with CCS from the beginning or designed to be retrofit when clear policy and regulations create an appropriate environment.
GE Energy’s proven IGCC gasification process cleans heavy fuels and converts them into a high-value fuel that drives gas turbines in efficient combined-cycle systems.
GE Energy has been at the forefront of IGCC technology since supplying a gas turbine for Cool Water, the first IGCC demonstration project, which came on line in 1984. GE’s IGCC technology also has operated at the TECO Polk I station in Florida for more than 10 years.
The company currently offers commercial scale IGCC plant designs that offer emissions better than advanced natural gas combined cycle performance for SOx, NOx and Particulate Matter. IGCC technology also meets Clean Air Mercury Rules (CAMR) for mercury emissions today and uses less water than a traditional pulverized coal plant.
Several utilities in the eastern U.S., including Duke Energy, AEP and Tenaska, are currently working on proposed IGCC projects using GE’s technology.