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Inside a (nearly) ‘net-zero’ natural gas plant

Cat Clifford of Cipher News reports on NET Power’s low-carbon natural gas plant.

The C3 Take
  • NET Power has built a demonstration plant in Texas to test its patented technology that produces power from natural gas while capturing 97% of carbon dioxide emissions and virtually eliminating other air pollutants.
  • Instead of retrofitting carbon capture to existing plants, NET Power redesigned the entire power generation process – using only natural gas and pure oxygen in the combustion stage to produce a nearly pure CO2 stream that can be captured.
  • While still at pilot scale, the company aims to have its first commercial $1 billion plant operating by late 2027 and make the technology cost-competitive through scaling and tax credits for carbon capture.
  • If successful at commercial scale, NET Power’s technology could provide a pathway for continuing natural gas use while sharply reducing emissions, complementing growth in renewables during the energy transition.

“While this is a demonstration facility and relatively small compared to a full-sized, natural gas plant (25 megawatts compared to a range of 100 to 1,800 megawatts for a commercial plant), it’s an example of innovative efforts in a small but growing segment of the oil and gas industry to find ways to reduce emissions associated with using their products.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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