Humans are pros at putting carbon dioxide into the air. Plants, bacteria, and even fungi are great at taking it out. But as we keep producing more and more and more carbon dioxide, it can be hard for them to keep up. So in a bid to help balance things out, construction is beginning just outside Houston on a $470 million dollar facility that will help soak up the waste of our industrial existence.
The plant will do this through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), “a key technology option in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s fossil fuel power plants,” explains Scientific American.
A $19.5 million carbon capture pilot unit will soon be located at Kentucky Utilities Company’s E.W. Brown Generating Station, near Harrodsburg.
The project, which will be Kentucky’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot unit at an operating power plant, is a partnership between LG&E, KU Energy and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.
It’s made possible through a $14.5 million competitive financial assistance award from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology and cost-share funding from UK, the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence, the Carbon Management Research Group (CMRG) utility members, and project team members including the Electric Power Research Institute and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America.