The State of Wyoming, Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL), and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a Carbon Capture test project at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in the city of Gillette.
The Memorandum of Understanding signals the U.S. state’s intent to partner with JCOAL and KHI in testing their solid sorbent CO2 capture technology at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC).
Since 2018, KHI has been in the planning and design phases of the project. The test will now enter the construction phase.
Back in 2016, former Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Osamu Tsukamoto, President of JCOAL, signed an initial Memorandum of Understanding to partner in coal research, technology development, and coal trade.
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In addition to completing work at the Integrated Test Center, representatives of the two companies had meetings with Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, the state’s Energy Authority, and the School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming.
JCOAL operates under the supervision of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and is supported by over 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel, and Toshiba.
The Japan Coal Energy Center promotes coal activities from coal mining to coal utilization and works toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth, and the decrease of greenhouse gas emissions globally.