Battelle and its team of partners have successfully concluded carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) research associated with the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP).

The group on Tuesday (15th June) said it had concluded the study which had been carried out in three phases, beginning in 2003 with the initial characterisation phase.

Phase two, the validation phase, followed in 2005 and focused on multiple small-scale pilot tests. Later in 2008, the team focused on large-scale development.

As momentum for CCUS continues to grow, both in the US and globally, the team will now move focus to the commercialisation of technology and expand its regional initiatives.

Celebrating the project milestone, Dr. Neeraj Gupta, MRCSP Principal Investigator and Battelle’s Technical Director for Carbon Management, said, “We are so pleased to have completed this work.”

“We met all our objectives and stored more than two million tons of carbon dioxide in three phases, effectively and safely. The lessons learned from MRCSP research are now being applied to a number of commercial projects.”

Following the research, a comprehensive series of MRCSP reports have now been approved by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, added, “We congratulate Battelle and their partners on the MRCSP’s important accomplishments throughout all three phases.”

“We look forward to working with the MRCI to help commercialise those critical technologies.”