The US Department of Energy’s National Carbon Capture Centre has welcomed oil and gas company Total as its newest member.

The French-based company is the second major oil and gas producer to sponsor the centre following ExxonMobil in 2018.

The National Carbon Capture Centre serves as a neutral research facility to advance technologies which reduce greenhouse emissions from fossil-based power plants. Third-party developers bring their technologies to the facility for real-world testing 

“Total aspires to become a major player in CCUS technologies, which are vital to achieving carbon neutrality in the second half of the century,” said Samuel Lethier, Carbon Capture R&D Manager at Total.

“We are delighted to be part of the National Carbon Capture Centre as it provides the tools, expertise and infrastructure to test and evaluate next-generation carbon capture technologies.”

Through the evaluation of over 60 technologies, the National Carbon Capture Centre has already reduced the projected cost of carbon capture from fossil generation by one-third.

The facility is currently adding infrastructure to expand testing of carbon capture technologies for natural gas power plants.

“The duality of flue gas sources available at the centre brings a span of compositions, which provide a strong baseline to understand the effectiveness and robustness of technologies to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants, as well as other CO2-intensive industries such as cement and steel,” said Lethier. 

“We are honoured to welcome Total into our group of project sponsors, organisations that are committed to finding technology solutions for a low-carbon energy future,” said John Northington, Director of The National Carbon Capture Centre.

“Advancing cost-effective carbon capture technologies is critical in providing clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy. With Total’s participation, we look forward to deepening the effectiveness and vale of our research.”

Since its founding, the National Carbon Capture Centre has worked with more than 30 organisations from seven countries to evaluate and scale up emerging carbon capture technologies.

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