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Published: Friday, October 28, 2016
Exxon Mobil Corp. and FuelCell Energy Inc. announced yesterday they will build a new carbon capture pilot project at a power plant in Alabama. It is the first pilot program of the two companies’ partnership on carbon capture technology.
The Alabama power plant, owned by Southern Co., generates power from both coal and natural gas. It will allow the pilot project to test the new technology on both fossil fuel sources.
Chip Bottone, president and CEO of FuelCell, said the new technology is designed to capture up to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power plants, so coal and natural gas could remain viable in both the developing and developed world while still meeting climate change goals.
The new technology stands out from existing carbon capture methods, as it is cheaper and generates additional electricity, said Vijay Swarup, Exxon vice president for research and development. “You’re attaching a power plant on the back of a power plant,” he said.
The pilot project also has the Energy Department as a partner