Direct fuel cells as cost effective carbon capture engines?

October 4, 2011

FuelCell Energy, Inc. has been awarded $3M by the Department of Energy to examine the possibility of utilizing direct fuel cells (DFCs) to cheaply and cleanly separate CO2 emissions from a variety of industrial and energy production facilities.  Carbon capture is the most expensive and energy intensive part of the CCS process (Sequestration – the removal and storage of the CO2 in a safe place is the other part).  If DFCs can be shown to be efficient and cost effective, it would provide a huge boost to the goal of capturing and sequestering a large amount of CO2.  Effective CCS would go along way toward mollifying environmental fears about unconventional petroleum sources like tar sands and shale oil, as well as enabling large scale coal-to-liquid fuel production.


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