DOE awards carbon sequestration funding


The US Department of Energy (DOE) revealed recently that it has awarded around $66.9m to the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership at Montana State University (MSU), as part of a wider energy development initiative.

The huge level of funding will go towards a project that will inject a million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the sandstone rock layer beneath southwestern Wyoming.

The award marks the third and final phase of federal funding for the Big Sky partnership, which is based at MSU. It’s thought that approximately $14m of the federal money will stay on the MSU campus to pay for the university’s contribution to the project.

CO2 storage concept
Rather than let notoriously environment-harmful CO2 escape into the air, geologic sequestration injects liquefied CO2 into permeable and porous rock formations deep underground where a seal known as a cap rock keeps the CO2 permanently trapped.

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