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Capturing FutureGen 2.0

Body of work and benefits of carbon storage featured in special issue of International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control

April 2017
Capturing FutureGen 2.0

FutureGen 2.0 Fast Facts Infographic

Who: The FutureGen Industrial Alliance was a non-profit membership organization created to benefit the public interest and the interests of science through research, development, and demonstration of near-zero emissions coal technology. It consisted of Anglo American Services, BHP Billton Energy Coal Inc., China Huaneng Group, CONSOL Energy Inc., E.ON U.S. LLC, Foundation Coal Corporation, Peabody Energy Corp., Rio Tinto Energy America Services, and Xstrata Coal Pty Limited. Other FutureGen 2.0 partners included Ameren Energy Resources, Babcock & Wilcox, and Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc.

What: The project was designed to test advanced technology that could capture 1.3 million tons of carbon dioxide each year and store it underground.

When: FutureGen 2.0 Phase I began in 2010. Phase II was announced in February 2013. The final Environmental Impact Statement was issued in October 2013.

Where: Morgan County, Illinois was selected as the preferred location for FutureGen 2.0.

Coal-fired power plants continue to be a mainstay of America’s energy mix, but they release large quantities of carbon dioxide—the main contributor to the greenhouse effect. Over the last few decades, carbon capture and storage (CCS) approaches have been developed to capture this gas and then inject it into underground reservoirs. FutureGen 2.0 was a project that aimed to develop CCS at the industrial scale. Although support for this project ended in 2015, FutureGen 2.0 provided valuable information and tangible results, including issuance of the first-ever Class VI carbon dioxide injection permits.

A special issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control focuses on the objectives and accomplishments of FutureGen 2.0, featuring eight articles from December 2015 to December 2016.

In support of the FutureGen 2.0 project, researchers at PNNL characterized several potential storage sites before recommending Morgan County, IL as the preferred one. Characterization of the carbon dioxide injection zone was conducted by PNNL in 2012 and was based on analysis of wellbore data, including cores, geophysical logs, and hydrologic well testing, along with other geophysical and structural data. State-of-the-art seismic reflection imaging technology was an important component to define the geometry of the reservoir.

This research, which was funded by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and the FutureGen Industrial Alliance, is captured in eight articles:

This body of work will be a valuable reference for future decisions related to national energy technologies and resource management. For more information, check out the FutureGen 2.0 special edition online.

PNNL Research Team: Jim Amonette, Delphine Appriou, Bruce Bjornstad, Alain Bonneville, Mark Bowden, Chris Brown, Emalee Eisenhauer, Mike Elliott, Tyler Gilmore, Jake Horner, Zhangshaun Hou, Gretchen Hund, George Last, Dave Lanigan, James McKinley, Christopher Murray, Ba Nghiep Nguyen, Mart Oostrom, Mark Rockhold, Frank Spane, Mark Stewart, Chris Strickland, Charlotte Sullivan, Jim Szecsody, Paul Thorne, Vince Vermeul, Mark White, Signe White, Mark Williams, Fred Zhang, and Lirong Zhong


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