Turning carbon into commodity

kevin-obrien-img_3027Dr. Kevin O’Brien, Director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois, talked to electric co-op directors and managers at the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting about how the center is working to create a sustainable market for captured CO2 from coal plants.

The AIEC has already provided in-kind ­support for the research project being ­conducted at the university’s Abbott Power Plant, and O’Brien thanked the co-op ­leaders for their letter of support for the second phase of the project. He said they hope to receive Department of Energy funding for the second phase so that a market can be developed making reuse of captured CO2 a viable and ­sustainable option. Coal ash from power plants is already an example of this concept and is used in concrete and dry wall production.