First major carbon capture projects break ground at Wyoming test site
- May 5, 2023 4:58 pm GMT
The carbon capture testing ground built at a
During a Tuesday afternoon ceremony attended by some of the highest-profile figures in the state's energy sector and several Japanese diplomats,
The ITC doesn't look like much. It's an expanse of red dirt, more closely resembling a fenced-in parking lot than a world-class innovation hub. But the facility — which began to take shape almost a decade ago under then-Gov.
"There is a vision here, which has been consistent, and that vision tells us that if we're going to do something about powering our world consistently, reliably and dispatchably, 24/7, we're going to have to do that by looking at all of our energy sources — none more important than coal," Gov.
"And if we're going to do something about climate," he added, "we have to do that with innovation. Regulation won't get us there. We'll have to innovate our way forward."
Nobody expected five years to pass between the ITC's opening and the arrival of its first major tenants. The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout that followed derailed things for a while. (The facility did host one smaller project starting in 2019 and the
Membrane Technology and
"It's been a long time coming," said
Both companies will spend the coming months building and then testing their novel approaches to filtering out carbon dioxide. They will use flue gas from
Its ITC project has an estimated price tag of
According to the company, plenty of interested customers are already waiting on those results.
"This is the last, largest and final stage of pre-commercial production," Freeman said.
The company also plans to partner with the
It has a budget of roughly
Evaluating the project's actual environmental impacts will be a priority during that time, said
If carbon capture can be proven effective and affordable at a commercial scale, said
The companies now setting up in its shadow could do just that.
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