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NEWS RELEASE
January 16, 2018

CONTACT: Sarah Young
307.635.2701
sarah.young@wyo.gov

Wyoming ITC Launches Video on Purpose & Possibilities of Testing Facility
New Video Details How ITC Will Work & Why It’s Important 

Cheyenne, Wyoming – With the goal of explaining the purpose and possibilities of the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, the public-private partnership released a new video this week detailing the process of burning coal, capturing carbon emissions and turning them into valuable commodities. 

“The technologies the Wyoming ITC aims to perfect, deploy and scale-up are technical and complex,” said Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) Jason Begger. “However, the ultimate goal of the ITC is simple – to spur and advance game-changing energy technologies.”

Begger continued, “This brief video enables us to both illustrate and explain the ITC to a wide-range of audiences who will benefit from these Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies.”

The video can be viewed on the Wyoming ITC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WyomingITC or on YouTube by clicking here. The three-minute video provides a high-level overview of how the facility will work in conjunction with Dry Fork Station; how carbon is isolated and captured; and how researchers will be able to test their technologies in real-world settings. 

The grand opening of the ITC is planned for the spring of 2018. The first tenants of the ITC will be teams competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. They are testing technologies that will capture CO2 and turn it into products like fertilizer, fish food, building materials and carbon nano tubes.

For additional information on the ITC, contact WIA Director of Public Affairs and Communications Sarah Young at 307.635.2701 or sarah.young@wyo.gov.

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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.

Wyoming Infrastructure Authority
 200 E 17th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82001
307-635-3573  jason.begger@wyo.gov