Nine projects across the country will capture and transport carbon emissions for safe, permanent geologic storage or conversion into long-lived products
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) today announced $45.6 million in federal funding for nine projects that will advance carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies and help establish the foundation for a successful carbon transport and storage industry in the United States. Large-scale deployment of carbon capture, transportation, and storage infrastructure is crucial to meeting the Administration’s ambitious climate goal of achieving a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, while also delivering a healthier environment and economic opportunities for our communities and workers.
“DOE is mobilizing historic levels of private sector investment in the United States to capture, transport, and safely and permanently store hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide per year from our industrial and power sectors,” said Brad Crabtree, Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management. “These demonstration and pilot projects bring us one step closer to effective and responsible deployment of carbon management infrastructure necessary to achieve our climate goals, while also providing good paying and jobs and health benefits to communities in every corner of the nation.”
Some projects selected under this funding opportunity announcement will focus on developing lower cost, highly efficient technologies that will capture CO2 from power and industrial facilities for permanent geologic carbon storage or for conversion into long-lasting products. This will include carbon capture in the cement, steel, and glass industries, as well as natural gas power plants. Others will focus on accelerating the deployment of multi-modal transport of CO2 through the creation of transportation hubs. Preliminary engineering design studies will consider how these hubs will connect multiple transport modes:
- GTI Energy (Des Plaines, Illinois) will test an engineering-scale carbon capture system at U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson industrial iron and steel production facility in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
- Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (Newark, California) will test an engineering-scale carbon capture system at the Argos USA cement plant in Harleyville, South Carolina.
- The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) will design and test an engineering-scale carbon capture system at the Holcim US cement plant in Holly Hill, South Carolina.
- University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, Kentucky) will demonstrate a carbon capture system at the Vitro Flat Glass Manufacturing facility in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
- Calpine California CCUS Holdings, LLC (Houston, Texas) will conduct a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for a carbon capture system at the Pastoria Energy Facility; the plant includes natural gas combined cycle facilities located near Bakersfield, California.
- The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) will test an engineering-scale carbon capture system for natural gas flue gas at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette, Wyoming.
- Susteon Inc (Cary, North Carolina) will conduct an engineering-scale test under real natural gas flue gas conditions at the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Alabama.
- Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, Ohio) will conduct a pre-FEED study to develop intermodal CO2 transport and storage networks in the Central Appalachian Region and northeastern United States.
- Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (Tampa, Florida) will study the development of the Tampa Regional Intermodal Carbon Hub to store captured CO2 on the west coast of Florida sited at Port Tampa Bay.
DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), under the purview of FECM, will manage the selected projects. Additional details about the selected projects can be found here.
In alignment with the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advance environmental justice and equity, DOE is dedicated to ensuring that all DOE-funded carbon management projects carefully address societal considerations and impacts, emphasizing early, active, and meaningful engagement with communities. All funding recipients will advance Community Benefits Plans to ensure local community members have a voice in project implementation, prepare residents for jobs in the emerging carbon capture, transport, and storage industry, and generate opportunities for economic development. The plans detail each recipient’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and also contribute to President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which works to ensure that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution.
DOE’s Advancement of Carbon Management Technologies
With the selections announced today, FECM has announced project investments of more than $1 billion since January 2021 that advance the research, development, and deployment of carbon capture, transport, storage, and conversion technologies and infrastructure. This progress is essential to help drive economic development, technological innovation, and high-wage jobs as we continue to build a clean energy and industrial economy.
FECM minimizes environmental and climate impacts of fossil fuels and industrial processes while working to achieve net-zero emissions across the U.S. economy. 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 website, sign up for FECM news announcements, and visit the National Energy Technology Laboratory website.