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FutureGen 2.0 powers up phase two

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The FutureGen 2.0 project has this week moved into its second phase, which will see the start of preliminary design and engineering work towards the retrofit of advanced oxy-combustion technology with CO2 capture at Ameren Energy Resources' coal-fired power plant in Illinois.

On Monday, the US Department of Energy announced a new cooperative agreement between the FutureGen Industrial Alliance and the DoE for the innovative CCS project, which aims to begin operating in 2015. 

In late 2012, the state of Illinois approved the Illinois Power Agency's 20-year plan to purchase all power from the plant, providing the restructured project with an economic footing. The project partners will now move forward with plans to capture around 90% of all CO2 emissions - over 1 million tonnes of CO2 per annum - and transport it by pipeline to Morgan County for storage underground in a deep saline formation. 

The FutureGen Alliance confirmed back in July last year that Morgan County was its preferred storage site after extensive geologic testing and engineering studies confirmed the site’s suitability. An open competitive process saw the project receive a number of site proposals from interested hosts. 

The outgoing US Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, said: "The DoE is committed to the demonstration of carbon capture and storage technologies. We believe FutureGen 2.0 is an important step in making economic, commercial-scale CCS a reality."

When it begins operating, the FutureGen 2.0 initiative will test, at industrial scale, technologies used for pre-combustion oxygen separation and the processing of flue gases after combustion. Find out more about FutureGen 2.0 on our project page



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