The US Department of Energy (DOE) continues investments in carbon capture development for industrial sectors. DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced on August 29th it has selected 10 projects to receive $31 million in funding for the development of carbon capture technologies.
The projects need to be capable of capturing at least 95% of the carbon dioxide emissions and come from natural gas power plants, waste-to-energy power plants, and industrial applications, like cement and steel.
Carbon capture is seen as one of the pathways that advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of a low-emissions energy sector by 2035, and a net-zero greenhouse gas economy by 2050. The list of the selected projects can be found here.
“Carbon capture technology plays an enormously important role in helping to achieve the deep carbon reductions we need as our energy and industrial sectors transition to net-zero emissions… Today’s investment will support the technological advancement and cost reductions required for widescale deployment,” said Brad Crabtree, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and Carbon Management.
The 10 carbon capture projects will be managed by DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). They will support the development and testing of transformational carbon capture materials, equipment, and processes for applications in the industrial sector.
The $31 million capital will serve for FEED studies for industrial plants, laboratory studies to increase solvent capability, and pilot technology at cement and natural gas facilities. Overall the investment by the US Department of Energy will help create solutions to scale carbon capture.
So far FECM has invested a total of $76 million in 22 carbon capture initiatives. Priority areas are carbon capture, carbon conversion, carbon dioxide removal, carbon dioxide transport and storage, hydrogen production with carbon management, methane emissions reduction, and critical minerals production.