Technology Merit: Carbon Capture & Storage


American Electric Power (AEP; Columbus, Ohio) for advances in carbon capture and storage (CCS) during 2009. In September, AEP began operating a validation test of Alstom's chilled ammonia carbon dioxide capture technology on a 20 MW slipstream of flue gas from AEP's 1,300 MW Mountaineer coal fired power plant in Virginia. The CO2 compressed and piped for storage into deep geologic formations, roughly 1.5 miles beneath the plant surface. On December 4, 2009, AEP was notified by the U.S. Department of Energy that it was selected to receive $334 million in federal stimulus funding assist with an expansion of the system to capture at least 90% of the CO2 from 235 MW of the plant's total capacity.