Solution - A History of R&D at Southern Company

1916.

T.F. Johnson of Georgia Power patents the Johnson Transmission Clamp, which enables crews to repair energized lines.

1954.

A computer system called the “Early Bird” is invented by engineer Donald Early to dispatch power at the most economical cost.

1973.

Southern Company builds a solvent-refining pilot plant at Wilsonville, Alabama.

1982.

The five-acre Shenandoah project is the world’s largest commercial solar-energy installation.

1985.

Southern Company forms Living Lakes Inc., a five-year program to restore acidic lakes and streams.

1990.

Southern Company begins 23 years of research into optimizing heat transfer in cooling towers.

1994.

The CT-121 scrubber, which removes 90 percent of SO2, makes Plant Yates Power Magazine’s “Power Plant of the Year.”

1995.

A DOE clean-coal study removes 80 percent of NOx from high-sulfur coal at Plant Crist.

1996.

The Power Systems Development Facility opens in Wilsonville, Ala., to study clean coal technologies.

1998.

SEARCH and ARIES networks begin study of scientific and regulatory questions on particulate matter.

2000.

Co-firing switchgrass with coal at Plant Gadsden reduces CO2 emissions.

2005.

Gulf Power opens the nation’s first comprehensive center to study mercury emissions at Plant Crist.

2006.

Southern Company completes the world’s largest fiberglass scrubber vessel at Plant Bowen.

2008.

At Plant Daniel, 3,000 tons of CO2 are injected into a deep saline rock formation.

2009.

Mississippi Power announces a new plant in Kemper County, Mississippi that could reduce CO2 emissions by 65 percent.

2010.

Construction begins at Plant Barry’s carbon capture and storage demonstration facility -- the world’s largest at a coal-fired plant.