Clean Natural Gas Plants - Zero Carbon
|Source: Texas Natural Gas Plant|
Natural Gas Pollution
Natural gas is a primary global source of electricity. 32% of US electricity and 22% of world electricity is generated by it. It's cheap, plentiful but a big source of CO². In fact, it accounts for 30% of the CO² emissions into the atmosphere from the US power industry.
Houston Pilot Program - Clean Energy From Natural Gas
If this works, the technology will provide the world a way to produce CO²-free energy from a fossil fuel at a reasonable cost. That's a first. And, the facilities could be turned on and off based on demand.
This is a collaboration between Exelon, 8 Rivers Capital, CB&I and Net Power. Initial testing is underway. If successful, the partners say the technology to build clean, natural gas facilities will be fully operational within 3 to 5 years.
The technology puts the CO² under high pressure and heat, creating supercritical CO² as the "working fuel" that drives a specialty built turbine at the plant. Remarkably much of the CO² can be continuously recycled. The rest is cheaply captured and the company hopes sold. The testing is well underway and is being closely watched by the industry and environmentalists.