Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture and Storage – Gas Separation

Under a DOE Phase 1 SBIR started in 2009, ACENT developed a technology inspired by supersonic wind tunnel operation to separate coal gasification plant exhaust gases for the purpose of producing hydrogen. While this application proved challenging, it was rapidly acknowledged that the gas separation technology could be applied to efficiently capture CO2 from coal power plant flue gas for subsequent use or sequestration. Immediately following the Phase 1 effort, ACENT teamed with Phase 1 transition partner Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and the team was awarded a contract to execute a 3-year, $3.5M technology development effort for the new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The so-called inertial CO2 extraction system (ICES) is currently in development and is receiving considerable attention from major prospective commercialization partners with several confidential discussions ongoing. The ARPA-E project will continue through early 2013 when transition to pilot scale demonstration is envisioned.

Carbon Capture and Storage - Gas Separation