ADA-ES announces clean coal technology project

ADA-ES Inc. (NASDAQ: ADES) announced that it has initiated the fabrication and construction phase of a 1MW carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture Pilot Plant.

ADA’s regenerable solid-sorbent-based clean coal technology captures CO2 from coal-fired power plants and industrial sources.

The pilot will be installed at Southern Co. subsidiary Alabama Power’s Miller electric generating plant outside Birmingham, Alabama.

ADA is the prime contractor for this $20.5 million project administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Carbon Capture Program (DOE-NETL), which is providing $15 million of the funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Southern Company is co-funding the project with other participants.

ADA’s technology offers the potential to significantly reduce the amount of energy required to capture CO2 when compared to competing technologies. The pilot plant is scheduled to commence operation in October 2013 and is targeted to demonstrate the technical, economic and energy benefits of a promising CO2 capture technology.

Results from pilot testing will be used to develop a preliminary full-scale commercial design in preparation for demonstration at the next scale.

Dr. Michael Durham, President and CEO of ADA, commented: “We believe that this project is an important step in advancing ADA’s vision for a future with cleaner energy. ADA has an established track record of engaging in collaborative partnerships with DOE-NETL and our power generating customers to develop and commercialize innovative solutions to reduce emissions from coal, a low-cost, abundant and secure national fuel resource.”

“This project is an important addition to Southern Company’s portfolio of industry-leading carbon capture technology research and development,” said Chris Hobson, Southern Company Chief Environmental Officer.