Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

Duke Energy is collaborating in a number of carbon capture and storage research projects to explore potential technologies to capture CO2 from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants.

We are hosting a project at our East Bend Power Plant in Kentucky to demonstrate an algae-based system for CO2 mitigation from coal-fired power plants. Project participants include the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research and the University of Kentucky Department of Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering. While the primary focus of the project is to demonstrate how to use algae to reduce CO2 emissions produced by coal-fired power plants, the project also focuses upon studying the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from the algae to demonstrate the economic feasibility of using algae to capture CO2.

Duke Energy's participation in the Electric Power Research Institute's research in advanced coal plants helps accelerate the development and commercial application of future coal-based power generation that includes carbon capture technologies.

Duke Energy has been an active member of the U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center's Advanced Coal Technology Consortium (CERC-ACTC). The U.S. Department of Energy-supported center includes partners from universities, research institutions and industry. The Advanced Coal Technology Consortium addresses technology and practices for advanced coal utilization and carbon capture, utilization and storage. Specific research areas Duke Energy is involved in as a member of the CERC-ACTC include:

  • integrated gasification combined cycle with carbon capture and storage
  • post-combustion COcapture, utilization and storage
  • Bio-fixation of CO2 with algae
  • The organization has been evaluating technologies for COcapture, utilization and storage feasibility at Duke Energy's Gibson power plant in Indiana 
Duke Energy contributes funding for the National Carbon Capture Center test facility that researches carbon removal technology. This is a U.S. government-funded effort with the Department of Energy and NETL along with several other utilities.