Carbon Capture Technology to Capture 150,000 Tons of CO2 Annually at Coal-fired Power Plant

An aerial view of the 500 ton per day CO2 capture facility

June 15, 2011, NEW YORK, (Coal Geology)- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA) has announced  the successful start of operations of a 25 Megawatt carbon capture facility at Southern Company’s Plant Barry, owned and operated by Alabama Power.

This facility utilizes the KM CDR Process®* capture technology, jointly developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.

An aerial view of the 500 ton per day CO2 capture facility

An aerial view of the 500 ton per day CO2 capture facility

Built in collaboration with Southern Company, it is the world’s largest Carbon Capture and Sequestration facility attached to a coal-fired power plant using a proven capture technology. It will capture approximately 150,000 tons of CO2 annually (500 tons/day) for permanent underground storage in a deep saline geologic formation.

MHIA President & CEO Mitch Morimoto stated, “This is a significant milestone and is part of our strategic effort to commercialize our KM CDR Process® CO2 technology.  Coal is abundant and relatively cheap, so it is important for world energy security and environmental protection to develop technologies and to find ways to preserve coal as a fuel source. The KM CDR Process® is just one of a suite of technologies we have been developing toward making coal an environmentally acceptable fuel for the future.”

MHI’s KM CDR Process® technology uses an advanced solvent called KS-1 to capture the CO2 from a flue gas stack.  The flue gas is directed to the KM CDR Process® where the KS-1 solvent reacts with and captures the CO2.  CO2 can then be separated from the KS-1 and compressed for pipeline transport.

Captured CO2 will be supplied to the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership and transported roughly 11 miles by pipeline before injection 9,500 feet below the Citronelle Oil Field operated by Denbury Resources.  The CO2 will remain underground, permanently trapped in the geologic formation.

*The KM CDR Process is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., in Japan, the United States of America, the European Union (CTM), Norway, Australia, and China.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.

MHIA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan)  MHIA’s divisions include Transportation Systems, Tire Machinery,  Aircraft Product Support, Corrugating Machinery, Machine Tools, Environmental Systems and Injection Molding Machinery. MHIA affiliates include MLP U.S.A., Inc. (Printing Presses), Mitsubishi Engine North America, Inc. (Engines and Turbo-chargers), Mitsubishi Power Systems America, Inc., (Power Systems), Intercontinental Jet Service Corp. (Sales, Repair and Maintenance of MU-2 and MU-300 Aircraft) and Crystal Mover Services, Inc. (Operation and Maintenance of Automated People Movers).

SOURCE Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.

CONTACT: Michael Ivey, (Washington Office) or Toshihiko Kano, (Washington Office), +1-202-828-1212, or Steven Holton, (Environmental Systems Division)

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