Friday, November 02, 2007

Carbon capturing in Texas

It won't solve all our problems, but if every power plant would do it we'd be a lot better off:

NRG Energy Inc. said Friday it will collect the carbon dioxide emitted by one of its Texas coal plants and offer the greenhouse gas to oil companies to help boost production.

The New Jersey power company said in a press release it signed a memorandum of understanding with Powerspan Corp. to install the country’s first commercial-scale carbon capture technology at the W.A. Parish facility, a coal plant in Fort Bend County, near Sugar Land.

To date, carbon dioxide capture demonstrations on coal-fueled power plants have been conducted only at pilot scale, one to five megawatts of electricity. The NRG project will handle flue gas from a 125 megawatt plant, and will capture 1 million tons of carbon dioxide each year.

The carbon capture facility, expected to capture 90 percent of the incoming carbon dioxide, is expected to begin operating in 2012.

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