The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) today announced nearly $2.7 million for five research and development (R&D) projects that will help to accelerate national and international deployment of carbon management technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) for permanent geologic storage or for conversion to other valued uses. To support implementation of these projects, DOE national laboratories will team with multi-national industry and government partners, reflecting the importance of international cooperation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in support of global goals to address climate change.

FECM is providing the funding for three CO2 storage projects and two carbon conversion projects selected under the Accelerating Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies (ACT) initiative’s fourth call for projects. The ACT is a multi-national program to facilitate international collaboration on R&D and technology innovation to accelerate the global deployment of carbon capture and storage and carbon conversion technologies. Carbon capture and storage technologies mitigate CO2 emissions from sources such as power plants and industrial facilities by capturing and storing the CO2 they produce or converting it into products such as carbon-based building materials, fuels, and chemicals.

The three selected CO2 storage projects FECM is funding will explore options for geologic storage sites, and solutions for CO2 transport, injection, and monitoring:

  • PERBAS, a team led by German-based GEOMAR, with DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the Colorado Schools of Mines, and other partners from Germany, India, and Norway.
  • SPARSE, a team led by Norwegian-based SINTEF, with LBNL, and other partners from Norway and Canada.
  • AMIGO, a team led by Canadian-based Repsol, with DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and other partners from Canada and the United States.

The two carbon conversion projects FECM is funding will examine the chemical conversion and sequestration of CO2 within concrete and secondary cementitious materials, as part of the manufacturing process of building products:

  • 3D-Printing, a team led by the Indian Institute of Science, with DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories, Oregon State University, and other partners from India.
  • MACE, a team lead by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, with other partners from the United States and Canada.

Since 2016, FECM has participated in three of four calls sponsored by ACT for carbon capture and storage and carbon conversion R&D projects. The ACT4 Call was issued on May 12, 2022, to which FECM committed up to $5.4 million for U.S. partners in selected projects. Visit the ACT website for more information.

FECM conducts research, development, demonstration, and deployment that focuses on technologies to reduce carbon emissions and other environmental impacts from fossil fuel production and use and from key industrial processes, particularly the hardest-to-decarbonize applications in the electricity and industrial sectors. Priority areas of technology work include carbon capture, carbon conversion, carbon dioxide removal, carbon dioxide transport and storage, hydrogen production with carbon management, methane emissions reduction, and critical minerals production. To learn more, visit the FECM websitesign up for FECM news announcements, and visit the National Energy Technology Laboratory website.