The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced approximately $72m in federal funding to support the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies.

$51m of the funding will be awarded to nine new projects for coal and natural gas power and industrial sources.

DOE will then award the remaining $21m to eighteen projects for technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, known as direct air capture.

Dan Brouillette, Secretary of Energy, said, “The projects selected as part of this research will help us develop the technological solutions needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“This is critical to balancing out nation’s energy use while continuing to lead the world in emissions reductions.”

Through DOE’s Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage R&D Programme, the Office of Fossil Energy has developed a comprehensive portfolio of technological solutions to help keep CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere.

Many of these R&D efforts can be applied across both the energy and the industrial sectors.

Steven Winberg, Assistance Secretary for Fossil Energy, said, “The primary mission of our office is to ensure that the US can continue to rely on its fossil fuel resources for clean and secure energy.”

“The advancement of carbon capture technology, including direct air capture, contributes to that mission.”

“Our ultimate goal is to mature these technologies so that they can be commercialised and brought to market.”