DOE awards $29.6 million to three carbon storage projects

May 24 2018


The projects chosen will determine the feasibility for commercial-scale storage complexes that can hold 50+ million metric tons of carbon.

DOE selected these projects as part of the Carbon Storage Program, which is advancing the development and validation of technologies that enable safe, cost-effective, and permanent geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2). The projects selected will help to inform the characterization and permitting of a commercial-scale complex with at least one storage site— ultimately demonstrating the potential  for safe and secure storage in time for the anticipated deployment of transformative carbon capture technologies in the 2025 time frame.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage these projects, and descriptions follow.

  • Integrated Midcontinent Stacked Storage Hub – Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, OH) will demonstrate the feasibility of stacked Paleozoic storage complexes at potential sites in southwest Nebraska and Kansas to safely, permanently, and economically store commercial-scale quantities of CO2. The CO2 storage hub will consist of multiple sources and storage sites by leveraging existing, proven technology for CO2 capture and transport from ethanol sources.

            DOE Funding: $9,637,962; Non-DOE Funding: $3,701,000; Total Value: $13,338,962

  • Wabash CarbonSAFE – Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL) plans to establish the feasibility of developing a commercial-scale geological storage complex at the Quasar Syngas LLC’s Wabash Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant. The CO2 will be produced from the production of ammonia at the repurposed IGCC plant.

            DOE Funding: $10,235,774; Non-DOE Funding: $2,562,560; Total Value: $12,798,334

  • Commercial-Scale Carbon Storage Complex Feasibility Study at Dry Fork Station, Wyoming – University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) aims to determine the feasibility of establishing a commercial-scale geological storage complex in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin in the immediate vicinity of Basin Electric Power Corporation’s Dry Fork Power Station.

            DOE Funding: $9,777,965; Non-DOE Funding: $2,469,792; Total Value: $12,247,757

Carbon Storage Program


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