American Electric Power (AEP) has signed cooperation agreements with two Chinese companies to advance transmission, distribution and cleaner power generation technologies, including carbon capture and storage.

AEP signed a cooperation agreement with China Huaneng, through which AEP, Huaneng, the US Department of Energy and the National Energy Administration of China will perform the initial evaluation of a post-combustion, advanced amine carbon capture technology developed by China Huaneng for power plant applications.

AEP is operating a 20MW validation of a different post-combustion, carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology, Alstom’s patented chilled ammonia process, at its Mountaineer Plant in New Haven, West Virginia, and is permanently storing the captured CO2 in underground rock formations.

AEP signed a second cooperation agreement with State Grid Corporation of China, through which the two companies will jointly evaluate and potentially advance six transmission and distribution technologies.

These transmission and distribution technologies includes ultra-high-voltage transmission equipment, advanced energy storage technologies, smart-meter technologies and distributed generation technologies.