DOE-sponsored project shows huge potential for carbon storage in Wyoming; potential for lithium recovery to offset cost

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The Wyoming Rock Springs Uplift could potentially store 14 to 17 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to results from a Department of Energy-sponsored study. This is equal to 250 to 300 years’ worth of CO 2 emissions produced by the Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants and other large regional anthropogenic CO 2 sources at current emission levels.

UW researchers discover major lithium resource in Wyoming; potential integrated brine production/CO2 storage system

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Researchers at the University of Wyoming Carbon Management Institute (CMI) discovered a major new lithium resource near Rock Springs during a geological carbon dioxide storage site characterization project sponsored by the US Department of Energy. We’re excited about this discovery and the prospect of creating a completely new industry in Wyoming.

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DKRW Advanced Fuels secures EPC contract with Sinopec Engineering for Medicine Bow coal-to-liquids project in Wyoming

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Using bituminous coal from southern Wyoming, the Medicine Bow facility will produce 11,600 barrels per day of very low sulfur gasoline using GE gasification technology and methanol?to?gasoline key engineering, procurement and construction services for the DKRW industrial gasification and liquefaction facility located at Medicine Bow in Carbon County, Wyoming. one of the leading producers of natural carbon dioxide utilized for CO 2 ?enhanced

MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin. The main project goal is to develop a framework for evaluating proposals to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations while maintaining food security, water quality, biodiversity and other benefits, Stoy said.

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DOE Regional Partnership Begins Core Sampling for Large-Volume Carbon Sequestration Test

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The Plains CO 2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, one of seven members of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program, has begun collecting core samples from a new characterization well near Spectra Energy’s Fort Nelson natural gas processing plant in British Columbia, Canada. The Fort Nelson project is on track to become one of the first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage projects in a saline aquifer in North America.

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DOE Selects 19 Projects to Monitor and Evaluate Geologic CO2 Storage

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 19 projects to enhance the capability to simulate, track, and evaluate the potential risks of carbon dioxide storage in geologic formations. In order for low-cost electricity from coal-fired power plants to remain available, the DOE said, economical methods for capturing and storing the greenhouse gas emissions from these plants must be developed. Schlumberger Carbon Services , Columbus, Ohio.

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DOE-sponsored drilling projects demonstrate significant CO2 storage at three sites

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Evaluation-related test drilling at geologic sites in three states that could store a combined 64 million metric tons of CO 2 emissions—an important component of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology development—has been completed in projects supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Preliminary estimates suggest the targeted formations could store 23 billion metric tons—or 470 years worth of the state’s CO 2 emissions.

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MSU moves forward with DOE-backed CO2 storage project in northern Montana

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Schematic illustration of carbon capture and storage at Kevin Dome in Montana. Courtesy Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership. The overall goal of the project is to demonstrate that CO 2 can be stored safely and viably in regional geologic formations.

DOE Regional Partnership Initiates CO2 Injection in Lignite Coal Seam

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The Lignite Field Validation Test is being conducted by the Plains CO 2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership, one of seven regional partnerships under DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program. The seven partnerships form a national network that is investigating the best approaches for capturing and permanently storing CO 2. To date, no field studies have been conducted on the ability of lignite coal seams to store CO 2.

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DOE Selects 15 Projects Aimed at Secure CO2 Underground Storage

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The US Department of Energy has selected 15 projects to develop technologies aimed at safely and economically storing carbon dioxide in geologic formations. Carbon storage in depleted oil and gas reservoirs can also increase oil or gas production, while storage of CO 2 in deep saline formations holds the promise of enormous worldwide capacity, with estimates of thousands of gigatonnes of storage. Evaluation of mineral trapping through carbonation will also be completed.

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DOE to award up to $12.4M to 11 projects focused on shale gas and enhanced oil recovery

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EOR, which involves using carbon dioxide, other gas, steam or chemical injection to release “stranded” or hard-to-recover oil, is currently providing about 13% of total US production. EIA projects its wider use could result in EOR providing 33% of total domestic onshore production by 2035, while helping store millions of tons of CO 2 emissions from power plants and industrial sources.

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