June 11, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.2 Million for Pall Corporation Carbon Capture

Funding Will Help Fund Green Energy Technologies to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emission

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Department of Energy has announced more than $1.2 million to the Pall Corporation in Cortland County to promote clean energy technologies that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The funding is part of $300 million worth of investments that will boost a range of clean energy technologies - including carbon capture from coal, solar power, and high efficiency cars and trucks.  The move reflects the Obama Administration's commitment to a broad based strategy that will create millions of jobs while transforming the way we use and produce energy.

"Investing in emission reductions is smart and responsible. From energy efficiency to carbon reduction, our investment in next generation energy technology will open the door to even greater clean energy investments. This funding will create jobs, reduce pollution and cut our dependence on foreign fossil fuel," Schumer said. "During tough economic times, funding clean energy projects makes sense in the short and long term for Central New York and the entire nation."

"This is a great investment for Central New York," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "These federal dollars will help cut emissions and clean up our environment, while creating jobs and rebuilding our economy with a  thriving renewable energy sector right here in Central New York. I will continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire Congressional Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government."

The funding will help promote Carbon Capture and Storage which will develop pre-combustion carbon capture technologies that can reduce CO2 emissions in future coal-based integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants. Carbon Capture and Storage is part of the Administration's commitment to develop technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Pre-combustion processes convert fuel into a gaseous mixture of hydrogen and CO2. The CO2 is then separated and the hydrogen can be burned without producing any CO2 in the exhaust gas. Compared with post-combustion processes, the pressure and concentration of CO2 in precombustion processes is relatively high - offering the potential to apply novel CO2 capture technologies such as membranes, solvents and sorbents.

Today's announcement is a direct investment in CCS-related infrastructure among electric power and industrial facilities, academic institutions, and other organizations operating across the United States.  The nine selected projects encompass three areas: high-temperature, high-pressure membranes; high-efficiency solvents; and solid sorbents.

The Pall Corporation, a filter company that solves complex contamination,separations, purification and detection problems will use the $1.2 million in funding to leverage its proprietary membrane fabrication technology to screen a large number of palladium (Pd)-alloys for use in membranes for separating hydrogen from synthesis gas mixtures.