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National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC)

Brief description:


Main developer: Southern Company

Country: USA

Project type: Capture

Scale: Small

Status: Identified

Industry: Coal Power Plant

Capture method: Post-combustion Pre-combustion

Capture technology: Amine
New or retrofit: New
Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: Not decided

Volume: 200 000 tonnes/CO2


Southern Company manages and operates the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC), a focal point of national efforts to develop advanced technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Working with scientists and technology developers, the NCCC, located at the Power Systems Development Facility in Alabama, develops and tests technologies to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-based power plants. The center accelerates CO2 technology by offering infrastructure that bridges the gap between lab-scale research and large demonstration projects, providing a testing ground for the next generation of carbon capture technologies

The NCCC will test and evaluate CO2 control technologies including CO2 capture solvents, mass-transfer devices, low cost water-gas shift reactors, scaled-up membrane technologies, and improved means of CO2 compression. Because of the ability to operate under a wide range of flow rates and process conditions, research at the NCCC can effectively evaluate technologies at various levels of maturity. The two main areas of research include pre-combustion CO2 capture and post-combustion CO2 capture.

The project partners are: Southern Company, American Electric Power (AEP), NETL, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Luminant, Peabody, NRG, Rio Tinto, Arch Coal Inc and Aker Clean Carbon (ACC).

Aker Clean Carbon (ACC) signed June 2011 a Technology Collaboration Agreement with Southern Company for testing and evaluation work of ACC’s advanced CO2 capture technology. The test includes operating a Mobile Test Unit (MTU) at the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Alabama USA.  A flue gas slipstream will be routed to the NCCC and then to ACC’s MTU, which will capture CO2 from the flue gas.

Mobile Test Unit (MTU)

More information and press releases:

Akermin Demonstrates CO2 Capture using Proprietary Biocatalyst Delivery System at NCCC, June 2013

Contact info

Main developer: Southern Company

Companies involved