Carbon Storage

WHAT IS THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY DOING TO DEMONSTRATE THE COMMERCIAL VIABILITY OF CCS?

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Regional Footprints for the RCSP Initiative

The Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (RCSP) Initiative is an initiative implemented through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Fossil Energy (FE), and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The initiative supports research into the best regional approaches for permanently storing carbon dioxide (CO2) in geologic formations through characterization and field projects. The partnerships include more than 400 distinct organizations, spanning 43 states and 4 Canadian provinces; have conducted 19 small-scale field projects building on research and are developing the framework needed to validate geologic carbon storage technologies. There are several large-scale CO2 tests (tests injecting at least 1 million metric tons [MMT] of CO2) currently being conducted or recently finished in the United States:

In addition to the RCSP's efforts to implement small- and large-scale field projects, the RCSPs are also working to develop human capital, encourage stakeholder networking, develop carbon mitigation plans, and enhance public outreach and education on carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Myth: In the United States, there have only been laboratory studies related to the viability of CCS.
Reality: The United States has supported a concerted effort that includes many large-scale CO2 storage projects that are designed to verify the viability of long-term carbon storage.