The North Dakota Industrial Commission has awarded $500,000 in Renewable Energy Programme to the Energy & Environmental Research Centre for the development of North Dakota’s ethanol and carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility.

Research for the facility, located near Richardton, North Dakota, will build on the successful outcomes of three phases of work which have been carried out since 2016.

“This project continues to help maximise the marketability of North Dakota ethanol through evolving CCS incentive programmes,” the commission said in a statement.

A CO2 Storage Facility Permitting Guidance Document will be compiled as part of the project to serve as a resource for other North Dakota renewable energy or biofuel producers interested in pursuing utilisation of CCS technology.