Alstom and Dow dedicate carbon capture pilot plant

South Charleston, W.Va., September 11, 2009 – Alstom, a power generation equipment firm, and Dow Chemical Co., celebrated the start-up of a pilot plant to capture carbon dioxide from the flue gas of a coal-fired power plant.

The pilot plant uses proprietary advanced-amine technology jointly developed by Alstom and Dow to capture approximately 1,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

The pilot will operate for the next two years, generating reliable, long-term data that can be used to optimize this technology for implementation at coal-fired power plants across the globe.

In 2008, the two companies entered into an agreement to develop this technology. In March 2009, the companies announced their plans to design and construct the plant.

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