Danbury, Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy has announced a contract with Cenovus Energy to complete the preliminary front-end design and engineering for a fuel cell system to capture CO2 from flue gas at a University of Calgary facility.
The contract is part of a COSIA Joint Industry Project (JIP) led by Cenovus on behalf of partners Alberta Innovates-Energy Environment Solutions, Devon Canada and Shell Canada.
The goal of the project is to quantify the benefits of fuel cell carbon capture for the separation of CO2 from the flue gas of boilers used to make steam in oilsands production.
“We’re encouraged by the growing commercial adoption of FuelCell Energy power plants, and configuring them for carbon capture is a compelling application for us to pursue,” says Craig Stenhouse, manager, COSIA at Cenovus.
Chip Bottone, chief executive officer of FuelCell Energy, says the company is conscious that cost is a critical aspect for oilsands operators, and is confident its solution can work efficiently and affordably.