PNNL is part of a joint U.S.-Chinese team embarking on projects in three separate research areas to accelerate the development and deployment of coal conversion, emissions capture and carbon storage technologies.
Laboratory directors from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, W.Va., met with researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing to kick off the new clean energy technology research effort earlier this summer. The projects are the first activities to come out of a 2009 memorandum of understanding among the three organizations.
As part of the MOU, the research team, called the Clean Energy Partnership, will perform research projects in three areas:
- Researchers will evaluate the challenges and costs of deploying emissions capture and storage technologies in China in depleted oil fields and deep geological formations.
- Scientists and engineers will collaborate on co-gasification of coal and biomass as well as the development of new, higher temperature materials and processes to remove impurities in the emissions stream.
- The team will improve the overall efficiency and economics of converting synthetic gas into natural gas using advance computational simulations and through developing new catalyst materials.
"Establishing a strong scientific alignment between U.S. and Chinese researchers is the key to developing and deploying solutions to our collective emissions problem," says Mike Kluse, PNNL's director. "We must use our nations' complementary skills, in collaboration, to move discoveries and technologies into the marketplace."