Large Pilot-Scale Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture Project Using Aminosilicone Solvent Email Page
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Performer: General Electric - Global Research
Small pilot (0.5 MWe) testing at the<br/>National Carbon Capture Center
Small pilot (0.5 MWe) testing at the
National Carbon Capture Center
Website: General Electric Company
Award Number: FE0026498
Project Duration: 10/01/2015 – 06/30/2017
Total Award Value: $1,221,123
DOE Share: $976,898
Performer Share: $244,225
Technology Area: Post-Combustion Capture
Key Technology: Solvents
Location: Niskayuna, New York

Project Description

General Electric (GE) will further develop its aminosilicone carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system in partnership with the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM). The aminosilicone technology is a non-aqueous chemical solvent that GE has developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), beginning with laboratory experimentation and material screening in 2008. Based on bench-scale test results, the aminosilicone technology offers a CO2 capture cost of $46/tonne CO2. This cost potential is being tested at the small pilot scale (0.5 MWe) under a predecessor project at the National Carbon Capture Center. The small pilot test results will be used to develop a 10 MWe project plan. The primary test objective is to complete two months of continuous operation to validate performance claims and de-risk the technology. During the test protocol, GE will conduct experiments to observe the performance and flexibility of the aminosilicone system under conditions of reduced steam temperature (opportunity heat sources) and reduced steam flow rate (power island partial load). GE proposes to utilize the TCM as the host site. In Phase I, GE will develop a plan to define the large pilot-scale project, and minimize and quantify risks associated with technical success, cost, and schedule. Tasks will include a technology gap analysis; a screening-level design and cost estimate; an environmental, health, and safety assessment report; and a techno-economic analysis for the CO2 capture system. The information will be compiled and integrated into an experimental design, budget, and schedule for the Phase II pilot test project.

Projects for the large-scale (equivalent of 10 to +25 MWe) pilot testing of post-combustion CO2 capture technology systems are being conducted in two phases, with a competitive downselect to continue from Phase I into Phase II. This project was selected for Phase I; a Phase II application must be submitted to be considered for the full project.

Predecessor Project: FE0013755

Project Benefits

Achieving an anticipated CO2 capture cost of $46/tonne will make significant progress toward the DOE goal of $40/tonne. Information gained from the 10 MWe pilot test will enable increasingly detailed process simulations and equipment design specifications, lowering the technical risk and support for subsequent larger-scale demonstration projects.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Steven Mascaro:
Technology Manager Lynn Brickett:
Principal Investigator Philip DiPietro:


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