Linde wins $15m to advance carbon capture technologies

The US Department of Energy has selected gas and engineering technology group Linde to receive $15m (£9m) for the advancement of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies.

Linde’s pilot plant, to be built in Wilsonville, Alabama, is targeted to be operational by early 2014.

The facility will test novel CO2 scrubbing solutions to reduce the energy consumption and costs of advanced carbon capture and separation systems for coal-fired power plants.

The pilot plant will be designed to capture at least 90 per cent of the CO2 generated, at an increase in the cost of electricity of no more than 35 per cent — this would represent a significant improvement over existing technologies, which can add as much as 80 per cent to the cost of electricity.