UW Energy Resources Council seeks proposals for coal CCS pilot

Dec 15 2019

The University of Wyoming Energy Resources Council (ERC) is seeking proposals from research and technology providers for a coal-based pilot project capturing at least 75% Co2.

The ERC directed UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER) to post the call for proposals on behalf of the Wyoming State Legislature. The ERC will oversee the review of awards and make recommendations to Gov. Mark Gordon for final recipients. 

As a producer of 40 percent of the nation’s coal stock, Wyoming is committed to the responsible management of fossil-based CO2 emissions. SER is a leader in carbon capture and storage. Geologists at SER are managing the Wyoming CarbonSAFE project, a U.S. Department of Energy-supported project for research and development of sites for permanent geologic storage of CO2 deep underground.

The governor recommended funding for this pilot project in a letter to the Legislature in January 2019. In that letter, Gordon cited ongoing efforts to develop post-combustion carbon dioxide reduction technologies at the Integrated Test Center near Gillette. He asked that the Legislature “move swiftly to support advances in additional technologies advancing pre-combustion and novel generation systems using coal with carbon capture capabilities.”   

The Legislature appropriated $5 million for the program during its 2019 session. Final submissions of proposals will be due in the SER offices no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 14, 2020. 

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