Meetings Kick Off Two New Clean Coal Projects

The Illinois State Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL) participated in a kick-off Web video meeting on December 17, 2008, to review research and management plans for the recently funded project titled Development and Evaluation of a Novel Integrated Vacuum Carbonate Absorption Process (IVCAP). The DOE/NETL project manager and project team members from the ISGS, the University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Calgon Carbon participated in the meeting. The principal investigator of the project, Yongqi Lu, provided a presentation on the proposed technology, project objective, work plan, management plan, and updates on the project, followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion of the related technical and management aspects.

During this three-year project, the project team will obtain process engineering data to help advance the patent-pending IVCAP to an industrial-scale technology for a potential pilot- or full-scale testing at a utility site. The team will test the proof-of-concept of the process, identify an effective catalyst or additive to accelerate carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption and reduce stripping heat, evaluate a modified IVCAP for combined sulfur oxide and CO2removal, and analyze the suitability of the IVCAP for industrial applications. 

A kick-off meeting was held at Meredosia, Illinois, on December 9, 2008. Participants included ISGS, Apogee, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Maxwell Engineering, and Heat Transfer Specialists who met with representatives from Ameren and reviewed pertinent issues related to scheduling, test plans, safety, project management, and communications during the operation of the pilot sorbent activation process (SAP) at Meredosia. The SAP is a state-of-the-art, first-of-its-kind technology for on-site production of activated carbon for the control of mercury emissions from coal combustion flue gases. This patented technology was developed by an ISGS-EPRI engineering team. The pilot SAP will be tested at Meredosia during the first quarter of 2009.