More Government Funding for Carbon Capture

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has shown some serious interest in carbon capture technologies, and with a recent announcement from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the trend continues. This time, the DOE is focusing on 15 projects aimed at developing technologies aimed at safely and economically storing carbon dioxide in geologic formations.

Funding for these carbon capture projects–which involve the sequestration potentials of minerals found in geologic formations across the country, such as shale, basalt and saline carbonate–will total $21.3 million over three years. According to the DOE, the fifteen projects selected will support the goals of helping to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by developing and deploying near-zero-emission coal technologies.

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Research projects selected for funding include Advanced Resources International, Inc. (Arlington, Va.), Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford, Calif.), Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.), Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colo.), Fusion Petroleum Technologies, Inc. (The Woodlands, Texas), Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Socorro, N.M.), Paulsson, Inc. (Brea, Calif.), Columbia University (New York, N.Y.), Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.), University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, Kan.), University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas), University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas), University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyo.), and Yale University (New Haven, Conn.).

“The projects announced today are part of this Administration’s commitment to leading the world in carbon capture and storage technology,” said Secretary Chu, in a statement. “These projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop clean energy innovation and help produce jobs for Americans across the Nation.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.