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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Funded by a $2 million federal grant, will work with BASF Corporation on joint development of a different means to capture carbon dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants.

The system could also be used on other sources of CO2 from industrial processes. The Department of Energy is providing the funding.

According to RTI, the system will not be based on water and is intended to be more cost-efficient that current systems that utilize organic compounds containing nitrogen.

The process will capitalize on what RTI calls “reversible CO2-solvent chemistries.”

RTI wants to cut the energy cost of current CO2 removal methods by 40 percent.

While coal-fired plants produce 50 percent of electricity in the U.S., they also generate some 36 percent of CO2 emissions.

“This new process for capturing carbon dioxide would keep the United States at the forefront of advanced energy and greenhouse gas control technologies,” said Dave Myers, vice president of the Engineering and Technology Unit at RTI, in a statement. “Working with BASF, a global leader in gas treatment technologies, will also provide a path for rapid commercialization of the technology so that we can have cost-competitive clean energy production from coal power plants soon.”

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