The selected projects are intended to promote sustainable efforts among fossil resources and cut down on the cost of advanced fossil energy technologies -- permanent geologic storage for carbon dioxide to coincide with the predicted use of transformative carbon capture technologies beginning around 2025.
This marks the second phase of an effort which has already seen approximately $15.4 million distributed among 13 projects. The latest round will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and include projects run by the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the University of Wyoming. (Source: US DOE, Energy Insider, 29 May, 2018)
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In the intervening decade since the project got underway Battelle began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, in conjunction with Traverse City, Michigan-based Core Energy LLC, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 being used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the depleted oil fields of Michigan's Northern Reef Trend.
The MRCSP comprises a 10-state region that generates almost 25 pct of all electricity generated in the country -- more than half of that by burning coal. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the U.S. established by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: Battelle, PR, Bus.Wire, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Core Energy LLC, www.coreenergyholdings.com; Battelle, Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investigator for the MRCSP, T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, email@example.com, www.battelle.org
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The carbon capture and storage (CCS) research project, which began in 2002, was supported by the United States DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Based on the positive findings from the exploratory well drilling and seismic survey, AEP decided in 2007 to proceed with a 20 MW pilot test facility, with on-site CO2 capture, compression, transport, and injection. Battelle was then hired by AEP to continue providing geologic CCS expertise followed by a post-injection monitoring and site closeout phase ending in 2017.
It was the first CCS project at a working coal-fired power plant, it was funded primarily by private sources and helped establish the technical viability of CCS to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, and to store carbon dioxide in geologic layers with limited prior data.
The project demonstrated the full life-cycle, from inception, characterization well-drilling to find suitable storage zones, reservoir analysis, integration with pilot-scale system for a CO2 supply, injection, storage assessment, monitoring and final close-out in 2017. (Source: Battelle, PR. 28 Oct., 2017) Contact: Battelle, Katy Delaney, (614) 424-7208, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.battelle.org; AEP, Matt Usher, Director of New Technology Development & Policy Support, (800) 672-2231, www.aepohio.com;
Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, www.mrcsp.org
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Organizations and projects selected will address key research gaps in the path toward the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, including the development of commercial-scale (50+ million metric tons CO2) geologic storage sites for CO2 from industrial sources. These sources -- cement, iron and steel production -- currently account for an estimated 21 pct of all U.S. carbon emissions. The selected projects will build on the lessons learned from the Office of Fossil Energy's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships' large-scale field projects while considering the next set of technical challenges for carbon storage.
Funding recipients include: the Carbon Management Institute at the University of Wyoming (Laramie): University of Illinois (Champaign): University of Texas at Austin: University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Battelle Memorial Institutein Columbus, Ohio; Electric Power Research Institute in Palo, Alto, California; University of North Dakota (Grand Forks); University of Kansas/Kansas Geological Survey (Lawrence); Columbia University (New York, New York); Louisiana State University and A&M College (Baton Rouge) and the Southern States Energy Board in Norcross, Georgia.
The Office of Fossil Energy funds research, development and demonstration projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced carbon technologies and further the sustainable use of the nation's fossil resources. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, Nov., 2016) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Fuel Energy, energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy, https://netl.doe.gov
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