The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has introduced the launch of a research aimed toward lowering carbon emissions at its pure fuel plant in Muhlenberg County. As a part of this initiative, TVA is exploring a possible partnership with TC Power to combine carbon seize expertise on the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro. In recent times, TVA has retired two coal-fired models on the plant and has set a aim to shut down all coal models inside its community by 2035. The implementation of carbon seize expertise on the Paradise Fossil Plant will contribute in the direction of TVA’s goal of changing into net-zero by 2050.
The research, which has a funds of $1.2 million, will assess the related prices, technical challenges, and operational impacts of incorporating carbon seize expertise throughout its complete fleet of pure fuel vegetation. TVA spokesperson Scott Fielder emphasised the significance of this endeavor as TVA expands its photo voltaic vitality portfolio and the necessity to cut back carbon emissions from current pure fuel services. He additional emphasised the importance of pure fuel expertise in sustaining energy grid reliability in periods when photo voltaic vitality is just not out there.
Moreover, the research may also look at the potential for implementing carbon seize expertise at TVA’s pure fuel facility situated in Ackerman, Mississippi. Carbon seize expertise entails diverting exhaust emissions from pure fuel vegetation to a close-by CO2 scrubber, the place a chemical response absorbs the CO2 earlier than the exhaust is launched into the environment. The captured CO2 is then transported deep underground for storage.