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Strategic Program Support

Strategic Program Support activities contribute to an integrated approach, helping to ensure CCS technologies are cost-effective and commercially available. The program relies on NETL’s Research and Innovation Center (RIC) and the national laboratory network to complement the program's approach to reducing CO2 emissions. The program also relies on international collaborations. DOE is partnering with several international organizations, such as the International Energy Agency’s Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, and the North American Carbon Atlas Partnership. DOE is also directly engaged in a number of large-scale CCS demonstration projects around the world, spanning five continents. Information and knowledge attained is captured in Best Practice Manuals, which document lessons learned from the Carbon Storage program’s sponsored activities.


The Strategic Program Support activities rely on integration and collaboration amongst stakeholder groups to facilitate the advancement of technologies and knowledgebase needed for successful CCS. NETL’s Carbon Storage Strategic Program Support activities are being implemented through several initiatives that include:

The National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographic Information System (NATCARB)
NATCARB - The National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographic Information System (NATCARB) is a geographic information system (GIS)-based tool developed to provide a view of CCS potential.

The interactive viewer shows disparate data (CO2 stationary sources, potential geologic CO2 storage formations, infrastructure, etc.) and analytical tools (storage resource estimation, data query tools, etc.) required for addressing CCS deployment, providing all stakeholders with improved online tools for the display, and analysis of CCS data.

Best Practice Manuals
Best Practice Manuals - Sharing of lessons learned and best practices from the R&D projects sponsored by the DOE Carbon Storage program is essential for the deployment of CCS.

DOE promotes information sharing among all of the projects it sponsors, including the Core R&D and RCSP activities, through the various technical working groups established by DOE/NETL. The lessons learned from the Carbon Storage program’s sponsored activities, particularly the field projects, are integrated into a series of Best Practice Manuals that serve as the basis for the design and implementation of both field tests and commercial CCS projects.

National Lab Research Network
National Lab Research Network – A strategic effort to engage NETL’s RIC and other DOE national laboratories to work with the Carbon Storage program.

This coordination provides DOE research and program managers the ability to look across similar activities, quickly adapt to research priorities and fill critical gaps in research, and archive results in a corporate database, all of which will promote efficient knowledge for future researchers.

Global Collaborations
Global Collaborations – NETL has developed ongoing partnerships with numerous global organizations to leverage U.S. expertise with other large-scale projects.

These include participation in or relationships with a number of international demonstration projects including, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF), the U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), and the North American Carbon Storage Atlas Partnership (NACAP). Supporting these projects directly benefits U.S. efforts to develop technologies and tools to meet the strategic goals of the Carbon Storage Program and promotes sharing lessons learned.