DOE Funds Wyoming Direct Air Capture Hub - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Storage, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  August 28, 2023

DOE Funds Wyoming Direct Air Capture Hub

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the development of a megaton-scale direct air capture (DAC) hub in southwest Wyoming by funding several companies.

CarbonCapture Inc. (CarbonCapture) and a team of strategic partners announced they were chosen to receive $12.5 million in funding.

The first phase of the project includes a FEED study for a DAC facility that captures 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, which will be permanently sequestered in geologic formations by anchor partner Frontier Carbon Solutions or used as a feedstock in the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by anchor partner Twelve.

Additional project partners include the University of Wyoming, Fluor, Carbon Direct, INTERA, EPRI, Carbon-Based Consulting, Icarus and Novus Energy Advisors.

“We’re extremely grateful for the DOE’s support of our efforts to establish Wyoming as a global center of excellence for direct air capture,” said Adrian Corless, CEO and CTO of CarbonCapture Inc., in a statement. “This funding will accelerate both the deployment of megaton-scale DAC capacity in Wyoming and the emergence of a new carbon management industry in the region.”

In May 2022, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated $3.5 billion to a DOE program aimed at establishing multiple megaton-level regional DAC hubs. The Wyoming hub, spearheaded by CarbonCapture, stands as one of five projects selected to receive DOE support under Topic Area 2.

In the initial phase of the Wyoming DAC hub project, the team will conduct preliminary engineering studies for a DAC carbon removal facility and SAF production plant, as well as develop an infrastructure plan for transporting captured CO2 to sequestration and utilization sites.

The DOE chose three additional projects in which CarbonCapture will be an anchor or co-anchor DAC technology provider: the Southwest Regional Direct Air Capture Hub (AZ), the Aera Direct Air Capture Hub (CA), and the Illinois Basin Regional DAC Hub (IL).

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