The US Department of Energy’s Office and Fossil Energy has today announced up to $131m for carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) research and development (R&D) projects.

Under a new funding opportunity announcement, Engineering-Scale Testing from Coal- and Natural-Gas-Based Flue Gas and Initial Engineering Design for Industrial Sources, DOE will make up to $46m available for cost-shared R&D projects that capture and store CO2 from industrial sources.

“Adapting these new carbon capture technologies to make them applicable to industrial sources of emissions is just one of the ways the Trump Administration is using innovation over regulation to reduce emissions while using all of the reliable energy sources at our disposal,” said Dan Brouillette, Secretary of Energy.

“This week, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we celebrate the advancements made when applying these technologies to new sectors. These advancements mark another milestone for the Department, which has been developing and improving the technology across the CCUS value chain for over 20 years.”

Selected projects will support engineering studies of carbon capture systems for industrial sources and testing of advanced carbon capture materials, processes, or a combination of advanced materials and processes for fossil fuel energy plants.

The project will fall under two areas of interest:

1. Initial Engineering Design for carbon capture from industrial sources

2. Engineering-scale testing of transformational post-combustion carbon capture technologies

“CCUS technologies are key to addressing global emissions issues, particularly important in developing nations, by making carbon-intensive production and generation cleaner than we ever thought possible,” said Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy.

“The projects resulting from these two funding opportunities represent an impactful next step that will benefit our Nation, economy, and our global environment for decades to come.”