The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $11.5m in funding for 12 projects as part of Phase 1 of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) programme.

Funding from the DOE will help FLECCS project teams work to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes that better enable technologies, such as natural gas power generators, to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment.

Lane Genatowski, Director of ARPA-E, said, “The FLECCS projects will work to address critical carbon capture and storage needs in our nation’s power systems.”

“The FLECCS programme is intended to enable the next generation of flexible, low-cost, and low-carbon electricity systems, and we are eager to work with these teams to innovate the grid of the future.”

FLECCS project teams are currently developing CCS retrofits to existing power generators as well as greenfield systems that intake fossil carbon-containing fuel such as natural gas or biogas and output electricity.

Phase 1 teams will design, model, and optimise CCS processes that enable flexibility on a high-VRE grid. Later in the programme, teams that move to Phase 2 will focus on building components, unit operations, and prototype systems to reduce technical risks and costs.

In FLECCS Phase 2, up to $31 million in additional funding will be available for teams.