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Visage Energy is a project partner in the following project providing expertise in Business Case Analysis, Environmental Justice, Community Stakeholder Engagement, Workforce Revitalization, and Project Management efforts. 
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                                                                      Awarded Projects                                                                                 

  • Researchers at the University of Illinois, in partnership with the Linde Group, BASF Corporation, Affiliated Engineers, Inc., and Affiliated Construction Services, Inc., are designing an amine-based carbon dioxide (CO2) capture pilot-scale (10 megawatt-electric [MWe]) system at an existing coal-fired power plant. The system is based on the Linde-BASF advanced CO2 capture process incorporating BASF’s novel solvent with an advanced stripper inter-stage heater design to optimize heat recovery.

  • The project objectives are to complete detailed engineering, procurement of equipment and modules, and build and operate a 10 MWe large pilot of the Linde/BASF post-combustion carbon capture technology at the CWLP Dallman Power Plant in Springfield, Illinois.

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  • The project objective is to execute and complete a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for a commercial-scale, carbon capture system that separates 95% of the total CO2 emissions at Holcim Ste Genevieve Cement Plant (largest single line kiln in the world).

  • The detailed engineering and design will employ Air Liquide's CryocapTM FG system, which combines pressure swing adsorption to pre-concentrate the CO2 in the feedstream with cryogenic refrigeration technologies to purify and compress the CO2 product, thereby achieving high CO2 capture rates/high CO2 purity.  

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  • University of Illinois will conduct a conceptual design study for integrating a 10 MWh Compressed Natural Gas Energy Storage (CNGES) system with the Abbott Combined Heat and Power Plant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CNGES technology is analogous to commercial compressed air energy storage except natural gas is compressed during off-peak hours and discharged during peak hours. 

  • This Phase I study will focus on a preliminary technical design that includes (1) identifying potential on-site locations for the CNGES; (2) projected utility requirements for CNGES from the fossil asset; (3) tie-in points; (4) permitting and regulatory considerations; and (5) technical challenges for integration of CNGES with the fossil asset. 

  • Energy storage combined with fossil energy assets offers a suite of benefits to asset owners, the electricity grid, and society. These benefits include more reliable and affordable energy, a cleaner environment, and more resilient power infrastructure. 

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                                                                   Announced Projects                                                                                   

UIUC will lead the execution of a FEED study of an advanced direct air capture and utilization system (DACUS), using the DAC and CO2 conversion technologies developed by CarbonCapture Inc. and CarbonCure, respectively, that will separate CO2 from ambient air and covert the CO2 into concrete products at U.S. Steel’s Gary Works in Gary, Indiana. This study will demonstrate a full CO2 value chain for DAC from industrial facilities, providing a means to assess the regional impacts of a holistic approach on job creation and environmental justice.

DOE Funding: $3,459,554; Non-DOE Funding: $874,868; Total Value: $4,334,422

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The UIUC project team will complete a front-end engineering design (FEED) study of an advanced direct air capture (DAC) system developed by Climeworks that will leverage thermal energy from the Brawley Geothermal Plant in Brawley, California, using a selective filter to separate carbon dioxide (CO2) from ambient air. The DAC system is strategically located near the proposed geological storage site in California’s Southern Central Valley. The study also will analyze the project’s impact on environmental justice and the regional economy.

DOE Funding: $2,495,197; Non-DOE Funding: $643,904; Total Value: $3,139,101

The Constellation (Baltimore, Maryland) project team will examine the technical and commercial viability of a DAC and sequestration system developed by Carbon Engineering, co-located with an existing light water nuclear reactor at Constellation’s Byron Generating Station in Byron, Illinois. The system is expected to separate 250,000 tonnes per year net CO2 from ambient air, and transport the CO2 by pipeline to an underground geological formation in Illinois for dedicated and permanent storage. The thermal integration design includes the use of the waste heat from the nuclear plant in the DAC system to increase the overall energy efficiency of the CO2 removal process. 

DOE Funding: $2,500,000; Non-DOE Funding: $625,000; Total Value: $3,125,000

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