DOE funding $131M in carbon capture R&D projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has announced up to $131 million for research and development focused on carbon capture, utilization and storage projects.

Under the new funding opportunity (FOA), DOE is making funds available for R&D into efforts surrounding both coal-fired and gas-fired flue gas capture and carbon dioxide emissions reduction.

“Adapting these new carbon capture technologies to make them applicable to industrial sources of emissions is just one of the ways the Trump Administration is using innovation over regulation to reduce emissions while using all of the reliable energy sources at our disposal,” said Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette in a statement late last week. “This week, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we celebrate the advancements made when applying these technologies to new sectors. These advancements mark another milestone for the Department, which has been developing and improving the technology across the CCUS value chain for over 20 years.”

Selected projects will support engineering studies of carbon capture systems for industrial sources and testing of advanced carbon capture materials, processes, or a combination of advanced materials and processes for fossil fuel energy plants. 

The projects will fall under two areas of interest: (1) Initial Engineering Design for CO2 Capture from Industrial Sources; and (2) Engineering-Scale Testing of Transformational Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Technologies. Go to and find the release for more information. 

Under the previously announced FOA, Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE): Site Characterization and CO2 Capture Assessment, DOE selected five projects to receive $85 million to accelerate the wide-scale deployment of CCUS technologies.  

“Carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies are key to addressing global emissions issues, particularly important in developing nations, by making carbon-intensive  production and generation cleaner than we ever thought possible,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. “The projects resulting from these two funding opportunities represent an impactful next step that will benefit our Nation, economy, and our global environment for decades to come.” 

The projects selected under this FOA will (1) assess and verify safe and cost-effective commercial-scale geologic storage sites for anthropogenic CO2 emissions; and (2) assess the technical and economic viability of carbon capture or purification technologies for sources that will supply CO2 to the storage sites. Read the full project descriptions HERE

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects from both FOAs. 

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Carbon capture and utilization technologies will be focused on in the Lowering Carbon with Thermal Energy and the Future of Coal-fired Generation tracks in the POWERGEN International conference workshops. POWERGEN 2020 will be December 8-10 in Orlando, Florida.

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