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US Department of Energy announces US$131 million for CCUS technologies

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy has recently announced up to US$131 million for carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) research and development (R&D) projects through one new funding opportunity announced (FOA) and the winners of five project selections from a previous FOA.

Under the new FOA, ‘Engineering-Scale Testing from Coal- and Natural-Gas-Based Flue Gas and Initial Engineering Design for Industrial Sources,’ DOE is making up to US$46 million available for cost-shared R&D projects that capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial sources.

CCUS is often viewed in the context of power production. However, capture and storage of CO2 from industrial sources is also vitally important to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Adapting these new carbon capture technologies to make them applicable to industrial sources of emissions is just one of the ways the Trump Administration is using innovation over regulation to reduce emissions while using all of the reliable energy sources at our disposal,” said Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette.

Selected projects will support engineering studies of carbon capture systems for industrial sources and testing of advanced carbon capture materials, processes, or a combination of advanced materials and processes for fossil fuel energy plants.

The projects will fall under two areas of interest:

  1. Initial Engineering Design for CO2 Capture from Industrial Sources.
  2. Engineering-Scale Testing of Transformational Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Technologies.

Under the previously announced FOA, ‘Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE): Site Characterisation and CO2 Capture Assessment,’ DOE selected five projects to receive US$85 million to accelerate the wide-scale deployment of CCUS technologies.

“Carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies are key to addressing global emissions issues, particularly important in developing nations, by making carbon-intensive production and generation cleaner than we ever thought possible,” said Under Secretary of Energy, Mark W. Menezes. “The projects resulting from these two funding opportunities represent an impactful next step that will benefit our nation, economy and our global environment for decades to come.”

The projects selected under this FOA will:

  1. Assess and verify safe and cost-effective commercial-scale geologic storage sites for anthropogenic CO2 emissions.
  2. Assess the technical and economic viability of carbon capture or purification technologies for sources that will supply CO2 to the storage sites.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects from both FOAs.

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