North America’s carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) industry has yet again received another financial boost from the US Department of Energy (US DOE) as it looks to contribute to the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

The Department on Friday (15th Oct) announced $20m in funding for four projects working to accelerate CCUS across all four corners of the country. Capital awarded as part of the effort will be distributed evenly, with each effort receiving $500,000.

Selected projects are university-led partnerships with academia, non-governmental organisations, industry leaders and local and state governments. The selective initiatives are as follows:

Battelle Memorial Institute: Located in Columbus, Ohio, the project aims to accelerate CCUS deployment in the Midwestern and North-eastern US project in the 20 midwestern and north-western states.

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology: Positioned in Socorro, New Mexico, the institute focuses on 15 western states, and compiling geologic datasets in the region.

Southern States Energy Board: In Peachtree Corners, Georgia, the initiative aims to focus on 15 southeast states and want to identify at least 50 potential regional sites to evaluate storage resource potential and infrastructure needs.

University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Centre: Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is leading the Plains CO2 reduction project in 12 Northwest states and four Canadian provinces to identify and address onshore regional storage and transport challenges facing the commercial deployment of CCUS in an expanded region.

On the funds, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, said, “Every pocket of the country can and will benefit from the clean energy transition, and that includes our expanded use of carbon capture and storage technology to remove carbon pollution from fossil fuel use.”

“Through DOE’s Regional Initiatives projects, we are making sure states—especially those with historic ties to fossil fuel industries—can access technology innovations to abate carbon pollution and enhance their local economies so that no worker or workforce is left behind.”