Clean Energy Systems $30M on zero emission power plants
Clean Energy Systems Inc (CES) has recently been awarded $30 million in American Recover and Reinvestment Act funding (ARRA), from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to expedite the development of zero-emission power plants from multiple fuel sources. CES will develop a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale, oxy-fuel turbine. The oxy-fuel turbine can use a variety of fuels, such as biofuels, gasified petroleum coke or natural gas, while capturing almost all carbon dioxide emissions.
“With this funding, we will be able to accelerate our turbine program to deploy and test the critical components for a zero emission power plant,” stated Keith Pronske, President and CEO of CES. “We can make power without pollution a reality years ahead of our previous plans.”
The total program costs are around $43 million, which will be used in the building and testing of a 150 megawatt turbine. The technology is due to be complete by 2012. Additionally, as a result, over 150 direct, and thousands of indirect jobs, will be created over the years to come.
“The DOE funding will allow CES to develop necessary technology for power plants with no smokestack and essentially zero emissions within two years,” Pronske added. “We’ve been very fortunate to have strong bipartisan support to help advance development of this cutting edge technology,” he stated. “In particular, Congressman Jim Costa, Congressman Dan Lungren, and Congresswoman Doris Matsui have all dedicated significant time and effort to advance the benefits of these clean technologies which reflect environmental stewardship and bring high-value manufacturing jobs to California.”
CES, which has finalized the necessary engineering for the commercial-scale oxy turbine, will work with its partners on the project, Siemens Energy and Florida Turbine Technologies. This project funding helps to grow the Advanced Turbine Program, initiated by the DOE in 2005.
“The development of Zero Emission Power Plants, driven by CES, has been the basis of close cooperation between CES, Siemens, and governmental authorities in the U.S. and Europe for more than a decade,” stated David Henson, Director, Engineering for Siemens Energy’s Oil & Gas Division. “Siemens looks forward to continuing its support of CES and their potential business partners in the development, scale-up and commercialization of the technology.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.