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Carbon Capture Project
During a July ceremony, representatives of the groups involved celebrated the successful conclusion of a historic Carbon Capture test at the Pleasant Prairie Power Plant. During 2008 and 2009, a process designed by Alstom to capture CO2 from the flue gas of a We Energies’ coal-fueled power plant was tested in Pleasant Prairie with the support of EPRI (the Electric Power Research Institute). The Chilled Ammonia Process pilot was decommissioned in late October of 2009.

The pilot demonstrated the ability to capture over 90% of the CO2 from a slipstream of the flue gas. Larger scale pilots of the same technology are now being conducted in other parts of the world. During the ceremony, the groups expressed their enthusiasm in watching the progress made in the Chilled Ammonia technology. Groups represented at the ceremony included: Alstom, We Energies, EPRI and the Village of Pleasant Prairie.

During the ceremony, Rick Kuester with We Energies presented the Village with a plaque in appreciation for support of the “first-of-a-kind environmental project.” State Representative and Village President John P. Steinbrink accepted the plaque on the Village’s behalf. He commented, “We are truly fortunate to have been a host to this historic pilot project. It’s our hope that this project’s completion leads to the successful implementation of technology to improve and protect our world for generations to come.”

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