- The Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) was featured yesterday at the Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage (CCUS) Conference, an international meeting bringing together world leaders, technical experts, researchers and industry executives to discuss and move forward advanced carbon technologies.
"The Wyoming ITC is really changing the game in terms of what is possible for real world, large scale testing of carbon capture and utilization technologies," said Jason Begger. "The world is looking to Wyoming right now as we prepare to officially open one of the only large-scale research and testing facilities at an operating coal-fired powered plant. The technologies tested and perfected at the ITC could change the landscape of energy production worldwide."
Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, the state entity overseeing the construction of the ITC, spoke on a panel titled "Carbon Capture Test Centers: Bringing the Lab to Life." Begger was joined by John Carroll, Project Coordinator for the National Carbon Capture Center. Begger touted the important role large scale testing facilities like the ITC play in advancing deployable, affordable CCUS technologies.
Launched in 2003, the annual CCUS Conference brings together the CCS research and engineering community with representatives from government, industry, academia, and other relevant interest groups. This year's conference session topics include carbon capture policy, major CCUS projects, CCS as a bipartisan Issue and CCS from a global perspective.
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For additional information on the ITC, contact WIA Director of Public Affairs and Communications Sarah Young at 307-635-2701 or
About the ITC
The ITC is a public-private partnership designed to foster the next generation of energy technology. The ITC will provide space for researchers to test Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies using actual coal-based flue gas from the Dry Fork Station near Gillette.
In 2014, with the support and encouragement of Governor Matt Mead, the Wyoming State Legislature allocated $15 million in funding for the design, construction and operation of an integrated test center to study the capture, sequestration and management of carbon emissions from a Wyoming coal-based power plant. An additional $5 million commitment from private industry was required under the appropriation, which has since been secured from the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in addition to $1 million pledged from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Basin Electric Power Cooperative is providing additional in-kind contributions including engineering and construction management services at the Dry Fork Station host site, which is jointly owned by Basin Electric and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency.
The ITC is slated to be one of a handful of such facilities around the world and only the second one in the United States. While many carbon capture technologies are being developed and studied in laboratory settings, the ITC will be one of the few research and testing facilities at an operating coal-fired powered plant. The ITC will allow for real world testing at an active power plant and alleviates typical concerns over being able to transfer technology from a lab to a plant.