The Allam Cycle and NET Power

Affordable Energy now means zero-emissions.

8 Rivers has developed the Allam Cycle, the only technology that will enable the world to meet its climate targets without paying more for electricity. The Allam Cycle is a new way to generate low-cost power from carbon-based fuels without producing air emissions. It’s also the technology behind 8 Rivers portfolio company, NET Power, which is currently building the first Allam Cycle power plant.

Affordable energy now means Zero Emissions. The Allam Cycle is reinventing emissions capture from its source.

About the project:

The future of our planet – considering a rapidly growing global population – demands a balanced portfolio of renewables and carbon-based methods of power generation, particularly those employing carbon capture. Free emissions capture is the holy grail of carbon-based power generation. Today, power cycles require the addition of expensive, efficiency-reducing equipment to decrease and capture emissions. The Allam Cycle is a new type of power cycle that takes a novel approach to emissions reduction. It uses the oxy-combustion of carbon fuels and a high-pressure supercritical CO2 working fluid in a highly recuperated cycle that captures all emissions by design. The only by-products are liquid water and a stream of high-purity, pipeline-ready CO2. The cycle can utilize a variety of fuels, including natural gas, unprocessed raw and sour gas, and gasified solid fuels such as coal or biomass. The Allam Cycle embodies major advantages over conventional systems: attaining high efficiencies at low costs with low to no water consumption. All this with full, free emissions capture.

Problem

In order to meet the world’s carbon targets, we must develop cost-effective technology to eliminate CO2 emissions from carbon-based fuels.

Key Innovation

Using high pressure CO2, instead of steam, as the system working fluid.

Solution

An entirely new power cycle that generates emissions-free electricity from carbon-based fuels for lower costs than traditional, emitting technologies.

Status

The first Allam Cycle plant fueled by natural gas is being built by 8 Rivers’ portfolio company, NET Power. Development of the coal-based system is currently underway.

Low Cost

The Allam Cycle produces lower cost electricity than traditional power systems that do not capture air emissions.

No Air Emissions

The Allam Cycle inherently eliminates air emissions as a function of how it most-efficiently operates. The only byproducts are liquid water and pipeline-ready CO2.

No Water Use

For a smaller efficiency reduction than traditional power plants, the Allam Cycle can use air to cool, eliminating all water usage.

Platform Technology

The Allam Cycle can be applied to a variety of fuels and fuel sources – including natural gas, coal, biomass, and solar – and integrates with many industrial process.

The Allam Cycle is in an advanced stage of demonstration and development.

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