Carbon Negative Power Generation - BioCCS

During the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, over 187 nations set an aspirational goal of limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels. In order to meet this goal the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reported the deployment of large scale “carbon negative” cycles are needed by 2040.

One type of carbon negative technology that has generated significant interest is BioCCS. BioCCS refers to biomass energy production with carbon capture and storage (CCS). According to the Center for Carbon Removal, BioCCS has enormous potential to remove significant amounts of the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere while producing fuels and/or electricity.

CES is working to deploy our Tri-Gen BioCCS technology that will make negative carbon emission power production possible with a near term solution that is both technologically feasible and economically viable. CES Tri-Gen power systems use proven and reliable aerospace technology to produce clean power, water, and nearly pure CO2 that is easily captured for permanent storage or commercial sale. By gasifying biomass waste, burning the syngas in CES’ oxy-fuel Gas Generator, and capturing and permanently storing the CO2 produced from the combustion process, CES can make negative carbon power systems a reality.

Due to the severe drought conditions that California has experience over last few years and numerous traditional biomass power plants closing around the state, there is an excess of forestry and agriculture wood waste.  These plant closures have caused farmers to increase the number of open field agricultural burns which negatively affects the air quality of the central valley. The abundantly available fuel supply, the state’s commitments to reduce GHG emissions (State mandated 80% reduction compared to 1990 levels of GHG by 2050), and the need to improve the central valley’s air quality makes California the ideal location for deploying “negative emission” power systems that have the ability to solve multiple problems for the state at once.

 A feasibility study for a small-scale commercial plant at CES’ Kimberlina Power Plant in Bakersfield, California is currently underway. Check out this PowerPoint presentation for more information on CES' plan to develop and deploy BioCCS power systems in California.

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Want to learn more or get an update on CES’ progress in developing “negative emission” power systems? Contact our Business Development Manager/Program Manager Rebecca Hollis at