Carbon Capture: IGCC and TIPS

Carbon Capture: IGCC and TIPS

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

the New York Academy of Sciences

Speakers: Klaus Lackner, Columbia University; Alex Fassbender, ThermoEnergy Corporation
Moderator/Responndet: Michael Bobker, City College of New York, CUNY

The capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide are critical enabling technologies to significantly reduce CO2 emissions while still allowing fossil fuels to meet the energy demands of today. This meeting will present a panel of experts who will describe current approaches to capturing CO2, including Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and ThermoEnergy Integrated Power System (TIPS) technologies.

Dr. Klaus Lackner (Columbia University) will describe how IGCC, which combines two technologies -- coal gasification and combined cycle -- offers the potential to achieve the environmental benefits typical of a gas-fired type power plant, with the thermal performance of a combined-cycle facility, yet at the lower costs associated with coal. Alex Fassbender (ThermoEnergy Corporation) will present on TIPS, a patented technology under active development. Based on reliable pressurized oxy-fuel chemistry, TIPS integrates the combustion of carbonaceous fuels with essentially complete recovery of all by-products, including acid gases, mercury, particulates and CO2, without exhaust gas treatment, and at efficiencies comparable to those of conventional large-scale combustion technologies. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions from the panel in a Q&A session following the presentations.

This highly interdisciplinary group brings together scientists and engineers with key stakeholders and policy makers from academia, business, and government who are interested in understanding the broad range of scientific methods and disciplines that underlie key environmental challenges. This year's focus will be on issues related to global warming with an emphasis on energy sources, energy storage, and carbon management.