ExxonMobil, FuelCell Energy Test Carbon Capture Technology
ExxonMobil Corp. will test carbon capture technology jointly developed with Danbury-based FuelCell Energy at a pilot plant under construction in the Netherlands.
Company officials said the Rotterdam plant will “test a breakthrough technology that could significantly reduce CO2 emissions from key industries.”
“The pilot plant aims to obtain data on performance and operability of the carbonate fuel cell technology,” the companies said in a Dec. 18 statement.
“Additionally, the pilot aims to address potential technical issues that may occur in a commercial environment and better understand the costs of installing and operating a CFC plant for carbon capture.”
The venture marks the first time CFC technology will be used in an industrial environment, with captured CO2 marked for permanent storage beneath the North Sea.
If the pilot is successful, the technology would be commercialized to reduce emissions at ExxonMobil locations and other industrial sites.
“The unique advantage of this technology is that it not only captures CO2 but also produces low carbon power, heat, and hydrogen as co-products,” said ExxonMobil’s Geoff Richardson.
FuelCell Energy CEO Jason Few said capturing carbon at the source using CFC technology is efficient and cost-effective.
“This technology can capture carbon and produce electricity simultaneously, making it a game changer in the industry,” he said.
“We deliver a lower cost of capture, because we are adding power instead of consuming power.”
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