The pilot project for a new “scrubbing” technique to capture carbon emissions is being funded by the US government. The Linde Group will get $15million (£9m) from the US Department of Energy to trial the method at a new plant in Alabama.
The international technology group, which counts UK industrial gas firm BOC in its number, says the pilot plant will be designed to capture at least 90 percent of the CO2 generated, at a much lower cost than other technologies currently available.
Coal makes up over a fifth of the USA’s power supply, according to International Energy Agency figures. The new “scrubbing” technology could help the country’s coal-fired power plants cut emissions.