DOE carbon capture project to use hydrogen fuel cells

September 3, 2015 0 By Stephen Vagus

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FuelCell Energy will be taking part in a carbon capture project

FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it will be participating in a carbon capture project from the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. The project, which is sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, involves the use of new technology that is designed to capture carbon emissions, thereby preventing these emissions from being introduced into the environment. FuelCell Energy will be providing the hydrogen fuel cells that will be used for the project.

Fuel cells to be delivered to coal-fired power plant in order to power carbon capture system

The company will be installing and operating fuel cell systems capable of generating 2 megawatts of electrical power. This energy will be used to power the carbon capture system that will be used for the project as well as provide additional power for other systems that will be associated with the project. The carbon capture system itself will be installed at an existing power plant that burns coal to produce electricity. The installation of the system represents the first phase of the project, with the second phase expected to take place at a later time at the same facility.

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Clean Energy Quotes To Remember - “For example, a breakthrough in better batteries could supplant hydrogen. Better solar cells could replace or win out in this race to the fuel of the future. Those, I see, as the three big competitors: hydrogen, solar cells and then better batteries.”

- Bob Inglis, Politician

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Carbon capture continues to gain momentum in the US

U.S. Department of Energy - Hydrogen Fuel CellCarbon capture is becoming a more significant interest for the Department of Energy, as well as other agencies concerned about environmentalism. By preventing carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, the U.S. government may be able to combat climate change, especially when it comes to rising global temperatures. In order to successfully capture carbon dioxide, however, the U.S. must have a better understanding of how the gas can be stored and re-utilized for other purposes.

Carbon will be repurposed for industrial and agricultural use

The process through which carbon will be captured involved funneling the gas into fuel cells, which will destroy approximately 70% of the nitrogen oxide that is also generated through the burning of coal. The carbon dioxide is then cooled and compressed and will be made for industrial and agricultural purposes, which include oil recovery and sequestration.