FuelCell Energy receives funding for carbon capture initiativeOctober 17, 2012
FuelCell Energy awarded funds from the Department of Energy
FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells based in Connecticut, has qualified for $800,000 in funding from the U.S. government concerning an ambitious carbon capture initiative. Backed by the funding, FuelCell Energy will be responsible for the development of a system that is capable of capturing the carbon dioxide emissions that are released by power plants that use coal as a source of fuel. The funding is the second phase of a $3 million grant that was awarded to FuelCell Energy by the Department of Energy. FuelCell Energy is one of 16 companies that is currently sharing in a larger $41.3 million grant program from the federal agency.
Federal government shows interest in carbon capture
Carbon capture is a concept that is growing in popularity within the federal government. The government has begun to grow more concerned with the effect carbon emissions are beginning to have on the environment and has instituted staunch emissions standards that aim to cut down on greenhouse gases. In order to meet its own standards, the federal government has turned to the concept of carbon capture, which could help remove a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the environment before it reaches the atmosphere.
Fuel cell system can capture carbon dioxide emissions
FuelCell Energy has been researching and developing carbon capture technologies for several years. The company has developed a fuel cell system that can isolate carbon dioxide while it generate electricity. The funding provided by the Department of Energy will help the company refine this system. One of the most challenging aspects of carbon capturing is finding an efficient storage method and deciding what to do with the emissions once they have been captured and stored.
New system may help reduce the environmental impact of coal power plants
FuelCell Energy will receive additional funding next year as part of the carbon capture initiative from the federal government. By the end of that year, the company is expected to have a comprehensive fuel cell system in place that can capture and store carbon dioxide. This system will be used at coal-fired power plants, helping reduce their impact on the environment.