Permanence and Safety of CCS

How is the Federal Government supporting the deployment of CCS technologies?

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A total of five Best Practices Manuals were revised in 2017.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched its Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Program in 1997. Consistent with Administration and Congressional priorities, CCS continues to be a key element of DOE’s research and development (R&D) portfolio.

The Carbon Storage Program is implemented by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) within DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE). The mission of the Carbon Storage Program is to develop technologies, for commercial readiness beginning in 2025, that ensure safe, secure, efficient, and affordable carbon dioxide (CO2) injection and containment in storage complexesA storage complex consists of: (1) one or more storage reservoirs, with permeability and porosity that allow injection and storage of CO2; and (2) one or more low-permeability seals, which enclose the reservoir(s) and serve as barriers to migration of CO2 out of the reservoir. in diverse geologic settingsGeologic setting refers to the rock type, structural characteristics, and rock and fluid properties arising from the depositional environment and post-depositional processes at a potential storage site..

Lessons learned from developing and field testing these technologies are documented in a series of Best Practice Manuals (BPMs).


Myth: Little is being done by the Federal government to advance CCS technologies.
Reality: DOE has had an extensive CCS research program underway for more than two decades. There is considerable cost-share from private entities as well.