Prairie Research Institute collaborations lead clean energy drive
Prairie Research Institute (PRI) and three Illinois power plants (Prairie State Generating Company, Marissa; City Water Light and Power, Springfield; and the University of Illinois’ Abbott Power Plant, Champaign) are collaborating to implement sophisticated technologies that remove carbon from air emissions (carbon capture).
Three PRI surveys are working to complete a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for the retrofit of the Prairie State Generating Company in southern Illinois.
The goal is to design a system to capture more than 90 percent of carbon emissions at the facility and incorporate additional carbon offset strategies to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions. The FEED study is made possible through a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOEA) Office of Fossil Energy that is administered by the National Energy Technology Laboratory and $3.75 million from Prairie State Generating Company.
In addition, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of PRI, is overseeing a large pilot test of the performance, safety and environmental compliance of carbon capture technology at City Water Light and Power. Abbott Power Plant is currently hosting two DOE-funded carbon-capture research projects.