The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced the launch of a study aimed at minimizing carbon emissions at its all-natural gas facility in Muhlenberg County. As aspect of this initiative, TVA is exploring a prospective partnership with TC Energi to integrate carbon capture technologies at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro. In current years, TVA has retired two coal-fired units at the plant and has set a purpose of closing all coal-fired units inside its network by 2035. The implementation of carbon capture technologies at the Paradise Fossil Plant will contribute to TVA’s purpose of becoming net-zero by 2050.
The study, which has a price range of $1.two million, will evaluate the related fees, technical challenges and operational impacts of incorporating carbon capture technologies into the complete fleet of all-natural gas plants. TVA spokesman Scott Fielder emphasized the value of the venture as TVA expands its solar power portfolio and the need to have to lower carbon emissions from current all-natural gas facilities. He additional emphasized the value of all-natural gas technologies in sustaining the reliability of the electrical grid throughout periods when solar power is not offered.
Moreover, the study will also examine the prospective for implementing carbon capture technologies at TVA’s all-natural gas facility positioned in Ackerman, Mississippi. Carbon capture technologies includes diverting exhaust emissions from all-natural gas plants to a nearby CO2 scrubber, exactly where a chemical reaction absorbs the CO2 ahead of the exhaust gases are released into the atmosphere. The captured CO2 is then transported deep underground for storage.