The technology captures CO2 emissions from coal- or gas-fired power facilities, cement plants and refineries, and converts it into solid carbonates that can be used as building materials in the form of aggregates or other cement-type materials. Because Calera’s process removes minerals and other constituents from water, it also acts as a freshening system to produce fresh water, which can benefit areas of the world that need clean water.
“Peabody is a global leader in clean energy solutions and is advancing more than a dozen projects and partnerships to commercialize low-carbon technologies,” said Peabody Senior Vice President Fredrick D. Palmer, who leads the company’s Btu Conversion activities. “Calera’s emerging technology represents an innovative solution to advance our energy, environmental and economic goals by recycling carbon dioxide into beneficial building products.”
California-based Calera recently completed a demonstration project near Moss Landing, Calif., which used the emissions stream from a natural gas-fired power plant. The Calera technology mixes CO2 with water from a variety of sources, causing the minerals to bond and release as synthetic limestone.
“We believe the CO2 used in our process for producing materials could exceed the current generation rate of CO2 from all global industrial and utility sources,” said Calera CEO Dr. Brent Constantz. “The potential is enormous.”
Peabody’s clean coal initiatives include serving as the only non-Chinese equity partner in China’s GreenGen power project; a founding member of the U.S. FutureGen Alliance; and a founding partner of Australia’s COAL21 low-carbon project. The company also is a founding member of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute; the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program; the Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate; the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization; the National Carbon Capture and Storage Center; and others.