As a neutral research facility, the National Carbon Capture Center is working to accelerate the commercialization of advanced technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since our creation by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2009, the center has become a cornerstone of U.S. innovation in the research and development of cost-effective, technically viable carbon capture technologies.
Managed and operated by Southern Company, the National Carbon Capture Center has worked with over 30 government, university and research organizations from seven countries. By providing a unique test bed for third-party developers, we bridge the gap between laboratory research and large-scale demonstrations. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide realistic operating conditions and the infrastructure to install and evaluate promising carbon capture technologies for scale-up and future commercial deployment.
The National Carbon Capture Center has completed more than 115,000 hours of technology testing for carbon capture innovators, leading to significant scale-ups, process enhancements and technological breakthroughs. Based on pilot testing and development of more than 60 technologies, the center has already reduced the projected cost of carbon capture from fossil-based power generation by one-third. Additional cost reductions are expected as the facility’s new infrastructure tests second-generation and transformational carbon capture technologies for natural gas power plants.
The National Carbon Capture Center is located in Wilsonville, Alabama, at the site of the former Power Systems Development Facility, which was established by DOE in 1995 as the premier advanced coal power generation research facility in the world. Test facilities at the original site supported the development of advanced gasification and pre-combustion carbon capture technologies. Building on this foundation, work today at the National Carbon Capture Center focuses entirely on post-combustion carbon capture – as well as carbon utilization and direct air capture – and is a model for the industry.