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02/08/2010 10:59 AM     print story email story  

Startup Wins DOE Grant to Turn CO2 Emissions Into Baking Soda

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Skyonic Corporation, an Austin, Texas-based company with a unique, patent-pending carbon-capture technology, has received $3 million in funding from the Department of Energy.

The company says it can turn carbon emissions from a smokestack into baking soda.

The DOE grant will go towards the development of the company's Capitol-SkyMine project, which is targeted to capture 75,000 metric-tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas emitted by Capitol Aggregates’ cement plant in San Antonio. CO2 emissions will be mineralized to form baking soda, while also offsetting an additional 200,000 metric-tons of CO2 in the manufacture of chemical byproducts.

Skyonic said the project will operate at a profit, due to the sale of these byproducts and is expected to generate over two hundred permanent jobs in Texas. The mineralized carbon dioxide (baking soda) will be used in several industrial applications and tested as feed-stock for bio-algae fuels.

Capitol-SkyMine® will also neutralize acid-rain emissions, and reduce mercury and heavy metals emissions, the company said.

The grant administered by the Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL), along with private investment, will fund Phase 1 of the project.

Phase 1 will fund modeling, simulation, design, costing, and procurement activities in preparation for the construction of the plant in 2010.

In mid-2010, Skyonic will have the opportunity to apply for a Phase 2 grant from DOE/NETL to support the construction of the plant, with the balance of the plant funded by private investors.

Skyonic Corporation was founded and incorporated in 2005 by SkyMine inventor and chemical engineer, Joe D. Jones. Skyonic has performed field trials and demonstration projects at coal-generation facilities throughout Texas. Since its inception, Skyonic has been supported largely by the Silicon Valley real estate, high-tech, and environmental entrepreneur, Carl Berg.

Website: skyonic.com



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