The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced $45.5 million in funding for carbon capture technologies for the power and industrial sectors.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves removing carbon dioxide, either from the source of pollution or from the air at large and storing it deep underground. In some instances, the CO2 is transported across states through pipelines and stored at facilities and used for other purposes.

The Biden Administration believes large-scale deployment of carbon capture, transportation, and storage infrastructure could play a vital role in reducing emissions and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Recent rules announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set caps on carbon dioxide pollution that most coal and gas-fired plant operators would have to meet. The EPA rules would not mandate the use of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) — a technology that is expensive and still being developed – but are expected to help usher CCS in.

“We will need hundreds of millions to billions of gigatons of carbon capture and storage capacity per year in the United States to achieve our climate goals,” said Brad Crabtree, Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management.

NOTE: We are currently accepting speaker submissions for presentations at POWERGEN International on January 23-25, 2024 in New Orleans. Topics include Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies through our track Carbon Capture and Emission Controls. Submit an abstract for a chance to join our speaker lineup here.

NETL said projects selected for funding will focus on two areas:

NETL said applicants must also address the societal considerations and impacts of their proposed projects, emphasizing active engagement with communities. This includes explanations on how projects are expected to deliver economic and environmental benefits and mitigate impacts, conduct community and stakeholder engagement, incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and promote workforce development and quality jobs.

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