Large Pilot Scale Testing of Linde/BASF Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Technology at the Abbott Coal-Fired Power Plant


Host Site: University of Illinois Abbott Power Plant<br/>Upper right inset: Rendering of Proposed Large-Scale (15 MWe) Pilot Plant
Host Site: University of Illinois Abbott Power Plant
Upper right inset: Rendering of Proposed Large-Scale (15 MWe) Pilot Plant
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Website:  University of Illinois
Award Number:  FE0026588
Project Duration:  10/01/2015 – 11/30/2017
Total Award Value:  $1,302,096
DOE Share:  $1,000,000
Performer Share:  $302,096
Technology Area:  Post-Combustion Capture
Key Technology:  Solvents
Location:  Champaign, Illinois

Project Description

Researchers at the University of Illinois, in partnership with the Linde Group, BASF Corporation, Affiliated Engineers, Inc., and the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, will design a 25-MWe, amine-based advanced carbon dioxide (CO2) capture pilot-scale system for integration with the existing coal-fired boilers at the Abbott Power Plant. The pilot plant aims to capture approximately 500 tonnes per day of CO2 with a 90 percent capture rate. The project will utilize the Linde-BASF advanced CO2 capture process, based on the novel BASF amine solvents, which has shown the potential to be cost-effective, energy efficient, and compact at the 0.5-1.5 MWe pilot scales. Through the previous 1.5 MWe pilot testing program at the National Carbon Capture Center, the technology shows promise of driving down the cost of CO2 captured from commercial-scale, coal-fired power plants. During Phase I, the project team will develop the project management plan, preliminary plant design, and cost estimate for the large-pilot plant; update the techno-economic assessment and technology gap analysis based on small-pilot results; and define a test plan to evaluate the integrated absorption system with parametric and long-term continuous testing.

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: FE0007453

Project Benefits

This project is expected to have significant impact on the speed of commercialization of this advanced solvent-based CO2 capture technology, and thereby meet the anticipated need for such plants beyond 2020. Completion of the 25-MWe testing is anticipated to show the technology’s progress toward the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of $40/tonne CO2 capture cost under realistic conditions at large scale, advancing the technology on the pathway toward commercial viability. Optimization of the process at this scale and collection of performance data will allow for a robust design of large commercial-size plants utilizing this integrated capture technology.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Bruce Lani:
Technology Manager 
Lynn Brickett:
Principal Investigator 
Kevin O'Brien:

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