Siemens Energy Plans Pilot Plant In Tampa

By Tampa Bay Business Journal

Siemens Energy Inc. is planning to build a pilot plant at the Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station to demonstrate a new post-combustion carbon capture, or ⿿Postcap⿝, technology.

Funded by an $8.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the project aims to reduce the amount of energy needed to operate carbon capture technologies, a release said.

The Postcap technology will use an amino acid salt formulation as a solvent for CO2 absorption. The use of the non-toxic, biodegradable solvent will result in a more environmentally friendly process, a release said.

The pilot plant is scheduled to be up and running in 2013.

Located near Apollo Beach, Tampa Electricâ¿¿s Big Bend Power Station has four coal-fired units with a combined output of almost 1,800 megawatts.

Siemens began operations at its first pilot CO2 capture plant for coal-fired power plants in Germany in 2009.

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