July 26, 2012

Windsor clean coal project receives $1M federal grant

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $1 million grant for a French energy company to research clean coal technologies in Windsor.

Alstom Power of France is developing technologies capable of high-efficient, low-cost carbon dioxide capture from coal-fired power plants at a facility in Windsor. The company is working on limestone-based looping combustion technology to reduce the amount of pollutants emitted into the atmosphere from power generators.

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Energy Department is using this research to test how other fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas can be extracted from the process. In recovering these resources, the department is attempting to make a business and market case for companies to pursue carbon capture.

The Energy Department awarded eight of these grants nationwide totaling $7 million to increase the deployment of carbon capture technology in America. The awards are part of a $5 million federal program investing in research and development for carbon capture.

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