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Koch Modular Process Systems and PPL collaborating on new CO2-capture project in Kentucky

| By Mary Bailey

Koch Modular Process Systems has announced its collaboration with PPL Corp. (PPL) as a key research partner for a groundbreaking carbon dioxide (CO2) capture project, funded with a $72 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED).
The project, designated as a “Large-Scale Pilot” by the carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) industry, will see the development of a cutting-edge 20-megawatt research system at Cane Run, Kentucky and will capture 90,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. Koch Modular’s involvement builds upon its previous success, having constructed a smaller 0.7 megawatt (MWe) pilot plant for the University of Kentucky in 2014. This new venture represents a significant scaling up of technology, demonstrating Koch Modular’s pivotal role in implementing carbon capture methodologies toward commercialization.
This ambitious endeavor aims to refine and prepare the technology for widespread commercial use. Koch Modular’s expertise in designing CO2 removal processes and equipment will be instrumental in optimizing the efficiency and economic viability of the CO2 capture system. The key to the technology is a process developed by the University of Kentucky, previously demonstrated in the 0.7 MWe pilot plant funded by the DOE.
The collaboration between PPL, the University of Kentucky, Koch Modular and others underscores a longstanding partnership to drive innovation in clean energy solutions. The Large-Scale Pilot will be installed at PPL’s subsidiary, Louisville Gas and Electric, utilizing technology pioneered by the University of Kentucky. Koch Modular’s selection as a partner for this project reflects its reputation for excellence and extensive experience in CO2 capture technology development.
“We are excited to contribute our expertise to this transformative project, which aligns with our commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions,” states Tom Schafer, Co-founder and Vice President of Koch Modular Process Systems. “Through collaboration with PPL and the University of Kentucky, we aim to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon technologies and build a more resilient energy infrastructure for the future.”
This initiative is part of PPL’s broader commitment to advancing low-carbon energy technologies and enhancing grid resilience.  PPL is at the forefront of innovation in the energy sector with over 150 research and development projects involving more than 30 industry and academic partners.