Carbon Negative Power Generation - BioCCS

During the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, over 180 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 biomass energy production combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS), known as BioCCS. 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' Tri-Generation (Tri-Gen) technology offers a BioCCS solution that is both technologically feasible and economically viable. CES' Tri-Gen 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 generated syngas in CES’ oxy-fuel Gas Generator, and capturing and permanently storing the CO2 produced from the process, CES can make negative carbon power systems a reality. 

The California market offers a unique opportunity for CES BioCCS plants. Due to the severe drought conditions that California has experience over last several years and numerous traditional biomass power plants closing around the state, there is an excess of forestry and agriculture wood waste.  Plant closures have caused farmers to increase the number of open field agricultural burns which negatively affects the already poor air quality in the Central Valley. The abundantly available fuel supply and the need to improve the central valley’s air quality makes California an ideal location for deploying these “negative emission” power systems that have the ability to solve multiple problems for the state at once. Also, the plants support the State’s commitments to reduce GHG emissions (State mandated 80% reduction compared to 1990 levels of GHG by 2050) and can take advantage of multiple clean power and/or fuel incentives.  

 A feasibility study into the commercial deployment of these BioCCS plants across California in underway and has found they can support both the power and transportation sectors.  The schematic below shows how the plants can produce renewable electricity, natural gas (RNG), or hydrogen (H2), or a combination that can feed into the existing California infrastructure. The next step is to develop and deploy a small-scale plant at CES’ Kimberlina Power Plant in Bakersfield, California. Check out this PowerPoint presentation for more information on CES' plan to develop and deploy BioCCS power systems in California.

CES BioCCS Process for Net Negative Carbon Emissions

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 mailto:rhollis@cleanenergysystems.com