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Linde Engineering to install CO2-capture pilot plant in Springfield, Ill.

| By Mary Bailey

Linde Engineering Americas (LEA) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to install and test a 200-ton/day CO2 capture large pilot plant at the City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) power plant in Springfield, IL through a funding award made to the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois  (Champaign, Ill.) The project will be executed in collaboration with BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, CWLP and ACS. The successful construction and operation of this plant will provide a means to demonstrate an economically attractive and transformational capture technology.

According to company officials, the project will showcase Linde’s post-combustion CO2 capture technology capabilities jointly developed utilizing BASF’s OASE blue gas treatment technology.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to feature the CO2 capture technology we’ve developed with BASF,” said Dominic Cianchetti, Senior Vice President, Region Americas. “There are many commercial uses for this technology, and this project will help guide future discussions about the viability of those possibilities.”

DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and National Energy Technology Laboratory have supported advancement of this CO2 capture technology for many years, according to LEA officials. This large pilot project is a major milestone for the future of carbon capture technology’s commercial viability.