Monday, August 16, 2010

IGCC IN THE NEWS

Gasification Technologies Council
responds to FutureGen changes


As previously posted on this website, the DOE has announced sweeping changes in the FutureGen advance IGCC+CCS project planned for Mattoon, IL. The Gasification Technologies Council (GTC) has formally responded with a letter to DOE Secretary Chu saying that it was "deeply disappointed" and calling the decision to change technology from IGCC to oxy-combustion "a step in the wrong direction".

Meanwhile, Mattoon officials have announced that they have pulled out of the project, where their remaining role would be to provide the storage site for the CO2 captured at the new project site some 150 miles to the west. Other Illinois towns have stepped forward to show interest in replacing Mattoon.

For a view of the GTC response letter, as well as the full text of the DOE announcement, go to this link to the GTC website.

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