“I can’t wait to see what great minds come up with to reimagine CO2. I believe the innovations will be breathtaking and will make a profound difference in the future of coal.”
– Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead
The ITC will be able to host multiple research teams at any given time. The facility is being designed to accommodate projects of varying sizes and power needs. Each individual test bay will be fed with flue gas directly from Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station. The ITC will be one of a few facilities in the world where researchers can pull power directly from a coal-fired power plant for testing. This will allow tenants to test real-world applications of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.
Prospective tenants should review the ITC Project Managment Guide and the ITC Technical fact sheet for details on testing technologies at the ITC. To get the process started, prospective tenants should contact Will Morris.
Some of the ITC’s first tenants are teams competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a $20 million global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO2 emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels, and other items that we use every day. The five teams that will be coming to the ITC are:
- Breathe (Bangalore, India) – Led by Dr. Sebastian Peter, the team is producing methanol, a common fuel and petrochemical feedstock, using a novel catalyst.
- C4X (Suzhou, China) – Led by Dr. Wayne Song and Dr. Yuehui Li, the team is producing chemicals and bio-composite foamed plastics.
- Carbon Capture Machine (Aberdeen, Scotland) – Led by Dr. Mohammed Imbabi, the team is producing solid carbonates with applications to building materials.
- CarbonCure (Dartmouth, Canada) – Led by Jennifer Wagner, the team is producing stronger, greener concrete.
- Carbon Upcycling UCLA (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – Led by Dr. Gaurav Sant, the team is producing building materials that absorb CO2 during the production process to replace concrete.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. is slated to test their solid sorbent capture technology at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center. The State of Wyoming and Japan have been working together since 2016, when Governor Mead and Osamu Tsukamoto, President of JCOAL, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing to cooperation in coal research and development of technologies and coal trade. JCOALoperates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses. The organization works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization, toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth and the reduction of the global environment emissions.