The CO2 capture technology, known as the KM-CDR process, was reportedly developed by MHIA’s parent company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) of Japan in conjunction with Kansai Electric of Japan.

The project is being funded by MHI, Southern Company and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with other partners. The Mitsubishi system will be installed on an existing unit of Southern Company subsidiary Alabama Power’s Plant Barry near Mobile, Alabama to capture carbon dioxide emissions from the equivalent of 25 megawatts of generation capacity.

By pairing this project with the US department of Energy, the complete process of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) will be demonstrated. The project will reportedly capture 500 metric tons of CO2 per day and supply it for sequestration, or storage, in a deep underground saline rock formation located beneath a nearby oil field.

Mitch Morimoto, president and CEO of MHIA, said: We are very excited to be party to this important project that is the critical next step in our development plans for full commercial deployment of the KM-CDR process for coal-based applications. An additional benefit is that the captured CO2 could be used by the oil and gas industry for enhanced oil recovery, which helps to offset the cost of capture.”

David Ratcliffe, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, said: The main challenge facing deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technology is demonstrating its effectiveness at a large scale. Our involvement in this and other related projects is part of our commitment to be a leader in finding solutions that make technological, economic and environmental sense.