Cheyenne, Wyoming –
Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) announced today a partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Carbon Capture Center. Joining the center allows
for the two entities to work cooperatively to bring innovative carbon capture technologies to commercial reality.
“The National Carbon Capture Center brings a vast network of energy experts and technical experience that can complement and enhance the work being done at the Wyoming ITC,” said Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority Jason Begger. “Perfecting carbon technologies isn’t going to happen in a vacuum. It is critical for Wyoming to tap into the work being done around the globe and help connect the dots to truly create game-changing energy technology. This partnership with the National Carbon Capture Center gives us another opportunity to do just that and we are pleased to be joining its mission.”
“This new collaboration with the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority represents an important milestone in our efforts to advance the next generation of carbon capture solutions,” said National Carbon Capture Center Director John Northington. “We look forward to working together with WIA toward our common goals of promoting technology innovation, a diverse energy mix and economic and energy security for our nation.”
In addition to WIA, other partners of the National Carbon Capture Center include DOE and its National Energy Technology Laboratory, American Electric Power, Cloud Peak Energy, Duke Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute, Peabody and ClearPath.
The National Carbon Capture Center is a world-class neutral research facility working to advance technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas and coal-based power plants. The facility recently surpassed 100,000 hours of technology testing for carbon capture innovators, and is recognized for its ability to bridge the gap between laboratory research and large-scale demonstrations.
In addition to utilizing technical guidance and cost-sharing, National Carbon Capture Center partner organizations have the opportunity to leverage the center’s expertise in bringing carbon capture technologies to commercial reality. Partners also participate in the center’s international leadership of organizations such as the International Test Center Network, a global carbon capture, utilization and storage technology coalition.
The Wyoming ITC was officially dedicated earlier this month in Gillette. The first tenants will be teams competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. Kawasaki Heavy Industries will also be testing their solid sorbent capture technology at the ITC.
The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) is an instrumentality of the State of Wyoming whose purpose is to advance Wyoming’s Energy Strategy by promoting the value of Wyoming’s energy resources, supporting expanded infrastructure, enhancing resource development and operation, and ensuring a credible and objective voice for Wyoming. WIA is the managing entity for the Wyoming Integrated Test Center.
$1 billion in bonding authority was given to the WIA for the financing of infrastructure relative to facilities within its legislative purview. The authority was created by the State Legislature in 2004 and is governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Wyoming State Senate.
About the ITC
The ITC is a public-private partnership designed to foster the next generation of energy technology. The ITC provides 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 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 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 allows 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.