5 August 2010– The Department of Energy and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that the FutureGen Alliance, along with Ameren Energy Resources, Babcock & Wilcox and Air Liquide Process & Construction Inc. were awarded $1 billion in Recovery Act funds to build the FutureGen 2.0 clean coal-fired power plant and a carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network.

Ameren’s 200 MW Unit 4 will be repowered with advanced oxy-combustion technology as part of the project. The plant’s new boiler, air separation unit, CO2 purification and compression unit is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent and capture and eliminate most sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and particulates.

The project will also provide performance and emissions data for future commercial guarantees and test scalability of the project. The FutureGen Alliance will help design the test program for the new facility to incorporate a broad range of coals and operating conditions to expand the market for this repowering approach.

In addition, the project partners, working with the state of Illinois, will establish a regional CO2 storage site in Illinois and a CO2 pipeline network that will transport and store more than 1 million tons of captured CO2 per year. The pipeline network, along with the repository, helps to lay the foundation for a regional CO2 network.

Oxy-combustion burns coal with a mixture of oxygen and CO2 instead of air to produce a concentrated CO2 stream for storage.

Read more clean coal news