Creating Markets for Captured Carbon: Retrofit of Abbott Power Plant and Future Utilization of Captured CO2

Kevin C. Obrien, Yongqi Lu, Vinod Patel, Sallie Greenberg, Randall Locke, Michael Larson, Krish R. Krishnamurthy, Makini Byron, Joseph Naumovitz, David S. Guth, Stephen J. Bennett

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The successful implementation of CCUS requires the confluence of technology, regulatory, and financial factors. One of the factors that impact this confluence is the ability to utilize and monetize captured CO2. The generally accepted utilization approach has been CO2-based Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), yet this is not always feasible and/or a preferable approach. There is a need to be able to explore a multitude of utilization approaches in order to identify a portfolio of potential utilization mechanisms. This portfolio must be adapted based on the economy of the region. In response to this need, the University of Illinois has formed a Carbon Dioxide Utilization and Reduction (COOULR) Center. The open nature of the university, coupled with a university policy to reduce CO2 emissions, provides a model for the issues communities will face when attempting to reduce emissions while still maintaining reliable and affordable power. This Center is one of the key steps in the formation of a market for captured CO2. The goal of the Center is to not only evaluate technologies, but also demonstrate at a large pilot scale how communities may be able to adjust to the need to reduce GHG emissions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1263-1272
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Procedia
StatePublished - 2017
Event13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT 2016 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: Nov 14 2016Nov 18 2016


  • carbon capture
  • coal-fired power plant retrofit
  • emissions goals
  • utilization market

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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