Cheyenne, Wyo. –
Demonstrating its global reach in efforts to advance clean energy technology, leaders from the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) presented an overview of the project to the International Test Center Network (ITCN) this week in Switzerland.
The ITCN is a global consortium of facilities conducting research and development on carbon capture technologies. The network has considerable knowledge to share and expressed interest in collaborating with the ITC moving forward.
Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA), the managing entity of the ITC, presented the Wyoming project to representatives from the ten current ITCN members earlier this week.
“The technologies created and perfected at the Wyoming ITC have the potential to change how energy is produced around the world,” said Begger. “Collaborating with the ITCN to share ideas, accelerate research and facilitate game-changing energy technology will benefit the advancement of clean energy."
The ITCN was formed by the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Alabama and the Technology Centre Mongstad in Mongstad, Norway with the aim of facilitating knowledge transfer from carbon capture test facilities around the world. The NCCC, which is sponsored by the DOE and managed by Atlanta-based Southern Company, provides test facilities for the network in the U.S. The ITCN includes facilities in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Norway and the United Kingdom.
In February of 2016, the ITCN announced that the NCCC would lead the international carbon capture network after two years of leadership by Technology Centre Mongstad.
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.