DOE Welcomes New Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Safety Measures
New CO2 pipeline safety measures were announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 26, 2022. To read more about how DOE will incorporate PHMSA’s guidance into its research, development, demonstration, and deployment portfolio click here
Carbon Matchmaker Tool and Carbon Management Interactive Diagram Released
DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) released two interactive resources to assist with advancing carbon management technologies and infrastructure in the United States: The Carbon Matchmaker Tool and the Carbon Management Interactive Diagram. To learn more about these tools and to access them, click here.
Regional Initiative to Accelerate Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Deployment: Technical Assistance for Large-Scale Storage Facilities and Regional Carbon Management Hubs– DE-FOA-0002711
DOE announced $20 million in funding for projects that will improve stakeholder access to region-specific information and technical assistance regarding the commercial deployment of carbon capture, transport, conversion, and storage technologies across the United States. Read the full FOA here.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL): Storage Validation and Testing (Section 40305): Carbon Storage Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) Initiative: Phases III, III.5, and IV” DE-FOA-0002711
The $2.25 billion funding opportunity from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to the CarbonSAFE Initiative is intended to help address the feasibility, site characterization, permitting, and construction stages of CCS project development, including project siting processes that will emphasize active engagement of local communities while avoiding the imposition of additional burdens on underserved communities. Read the full FOA here.
Carbon Transport and Storage Solicitations and Funding Opportunities
Access all NETL solicitations and funding opportunities here.
“CarbonSAFE: Phase II - Storage Complex Feasibility” Funding Opportunity DE-FOA-0002610
The $45 million funding opportunity is designed to improve procedures, identify and assess new potential onshore and offshore storage sites for their ability to to safely, efficiently, and affordably define and assess onshore and offshorestore CO2 storage sites at a commercial scale. Read the full funding opportunity here.
The $46 million funding opportunity will develop technologies to remove, capture, and convert or store carbon dioxide from utility and industrial sources or the atmosphere. Projects will examine commercial viability and technical gaps, while also examining environmental impacts and justice implications of the technologies. Read the full funding opportunity here.
Since 1997, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carbon Storage Program has significantly advanced the carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) knowledge base and the development and validation of CCUS technologies through a diverse portfolio of applied research projects, including:
Industry cost-shared technology development projects.
University research grants and cooperative agreements.
Small business research grants
Collaborative work with other National Laboratories.
Research conducted in-house through the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Research and Innovation Center (RIC).
The program has evolved over the years to focus primarily on carbon storage with carbon capture and utilization split off into separate programs. In 2022, the storage program expanded to include carbon transport, thus creating the Carbon Transport and Storage Program. The goal of the program is to develop a carbon transport and storage industry at the scale necessary to decarbonize the economy. Critical components that will help catalyze the growth of carbon capture and storage deployment at-scale include:
Strategies to develop the infrastructure for reliable carbon storage
Research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to improve performance
Educational partnerships to grow the workforce
Technical assistance to stakeholders.
The program conducts RD&D under three technology areas: Carbon Storage Infrastructure, Advanced Carbon Storage, and Carbon Transport. These areas have responsibilities that, when combined, cover the overall carbon transport and storage effort. These technology areas are described below.
The Carbon Storage Infrastructure program area carries out field projects and educational partnerships to demonstrate commercial-scale storage, test the diverse and emerging storage techniques and technologies developed under Advanced Carbon Storage RD&D, and provide technology transfer and technical assistance to large-scale projects and stakeholders.
The Advanced Carbon Storage program area focuses on the carbon dioxide-centric aspects of onshore and offshore storage, such as the development of technologies that can improve performance and reduce the cost of tools and techniques to assess wellbore integrity, increase reservoir storage efficiency, improve management of reservoir pressure, confirm permanent storage, and identify and mitigate the potential release of CO2 from all types of storage complexes.
The Carbon Transport program area is accelerating the planning of a nationwide CO2 transport network by conducting infrastructure modeling and RD&D studies. The goal is to facilitate the equitable, efficient, and effective expansion of CCUS operations through the development of build-out timelines for the transport network.