DOE Announces $20 Million for States to Invest in Carbon Capture and Storage
“Every pocket of the country can and will benefit from the clean energy transition, and that includes our expanded use of carbon capture and storage technology to remove carbon pollution from fossil fuel use,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, who spoke to ASME members during this year’s inaugural ASME Policy Impact event. “Through DOE’s Regional Initiatives projects, we are making sure states—especially those with historic ties to fossil fuel industries—can access technology innovations to abate carbon pollution and enhance their local economies so that no worker or workforce is left behind.”
The funding will be distributed by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM). The FECM funds research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects to decarbonize power generation and industrial sources to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. The FECM plans to achieve its objective through the Regional Initiatives to Accelerate CCUS Deployment initiative by funding each of the four projects that address key technical challenges to carbon capture and promote regional technical transfer. The projects are each partnerships between academia, industry, NGOs, and government.
- Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio is leading a project that will review regional infrastructure and technical challenges to deploying new carbon capture and storage technology.
- The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is conducting projects to compile datasets for better analyses and to identify gaps that need to be addressed.
- Southern States Energy Board is leading a project across 15 states to identify 50 regional sites to evaluate future storage potential and address infrastructure needs.
- The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center will be using the funds to conduct a project across 13 states to identify carbon capture storage and transportation challenges.