NCCC Surpasses 150,000-Hour Milestone In Carbon Capture Tech Testing

NCCC Surpasses 150,000-Hour Milestone In Carbon Capture Tech Testing - Carbon Herald

The National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) has achieved a significant milestone, surpassing 150,000 hours of technology testing, according to a statement published earlier this week.

This achievement underscores the center’s dedication to advancing cost-effective carbon management technologies, crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-based power plants and industrial sources.

Additionally, it propels these technologies closer to real-world deployment, contributing to the fight against climate change.

The success of the NCCC is attributed to the exceptional workforce and collaborative efforts with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), sponsors, and technology developers.

NCCC director John Northington commended the team’s commitment to innovation, highlighting the extensive collaboration that has led to this milestone.

Managed by Atlanta-based gas and electric utility Southern Company, the NCCC has been collaborating with various technology developers for over fifteen years.

These collaborations, involving government, industry, university, and research organizations from seven countries, aim to transition emerging technologies from the laboratory to real-world applications.

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Located in Wilsonville, Alabama, the NCCC serves as a neutral research and development facility, facilitating the commercialization of advanced carbon management technologies since its establishment in 2009.

The center’s research scope has expanded from post-combustion carbon capture to include technologies for natural gas-fired power plants, carbon conversion processes, and direct air capture (DAC).

Notable emerging technologies currently under development include a DAC system by Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) and Aircapture, carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion technology by UCLA’s CarbonBuilt, cryogenic separation of CO2 by Carbon America, and a water-lean solvent for CO2 capture tested by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Through its rigorous testing and development processes, the NCCC has significantly reduced the projected cost of carbon capture from fossil-based power generation by over 40%.

Nine technologies evaluated at the center are either scaled up or ready for demonstration at 10+ megawatts, showcasing its tangible impact on carbon management technology development and deployment.

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