China Energy Investment Corporation has started operations at Asia's largest coal plant-wise carbon capture and utilization storage (CCUS) project.
After days of running at full capacity, the project, launched to support the group's Taizhou power plant in eastern province of Jiangsu, was officially commissioned on June 2, with the capacity to capture and store 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Taizhou power plant has four 1-GW generating units. The CCUS project utilities the flue gas from the No.4 unit to capture, utilize, and store carbon dioxide.
Gong Haiting, Director of the Carbon Resource Development Office at Taizhou Power Plant, said the project, completely designed, manufactured, and installed in China, represents the highest technological level in the Asian thermal power industry for CCUS projects. "With a carbon dioxide capture rate exceeding 90% and a dry basis carbon dioxide purity exceeding 99%, it leads the industry in all performance indicators," he said.
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is widely regarded as a safe and effective method to combat global greenhouse effects. The coal industry plays a crucial role in carbon reduction, and finding solutions to address carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is critical to reduce the overall carbon footprint.
China has accelerated the development of CCUS projects in recent years. These projects capture and separate carbon dioxide from industrial and energy production emissions or directly from the air, utilizing or storing it in suitable locations, thereby achieving carbon dioxide reduction. As of the end of 2022, China had commissioned 13 CCUS projects in coal-fired power plants, with a combined capture capacity of approximately 600,000 tonnes per year.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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