The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $30m in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) for front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture system.

The projects, funding by the Office of Fossil Energy’s carbon capture programme will support FEED studies for COsystems on both coal and natural gas power plants.

“With the department’s ongoing investment in advanced carbon capture technologies, we will ensure that we can continue using our abundant domestic resources to power the nation in a way that’s environmentally sound,” said Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy.

“Carbon capture plays an integral role in reducing emissions and safeguarding the environment, while simultaneously protecting our energy security,” said Menezes.

DOE is investing in R&D projects for transformational carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies because they are a critical component of driving down the cost of CCUS deployment.

Supporting front-end engineering design studies for commercial carbon capture systems is necessary to fully understand the cost of these systems and the next step toward wide-scale deployment of the technology.

CCUS systems are proven to significantly reduce carbon emissions from power plants that use coal and gas. For example, the Petra Nova Project, which is supported by DOE and located near Houston, Texas, has captured more than 1m tonnes of COper year since coming online in 2017.

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