ITC to be highlighted at US Senate hearing

ITC to be highlighted at US Senate hearing

By on Jun 21, 2017 in In the News |

The Wyoming Integrated Test Center will take the national stage next week during a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing to discuss the future of advanced energy technologies, including carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, according to a press release from the Wyoming ITC.

Jason Begger, executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, will testify on Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety.

He’ll address the public-private partnership that has made the project a reality, as well as the importance of achieving economic viability in carbon capture technologies.

Begger said the technology that’s developed at the ITC could “shape the future of energy production and use forever,” but this technology won’t have an impact by itself.

“We need public policy and regulations that encourage its development and supports the scientists, researchers, companies and financial backers who are making it a reality,” he said in the release.

The goal of the hearing is to create a better understanding of advanced nuclear and carbon capture technologies that can help shape future and pending legislative proposals and regulations, according to the release.

“When it comes to addressing our energy needs, we need short-, mid- and long-term plans,” Begger said. “The Wyoming ITC is a mid-term plan that can help lead to long-term solutions.”

The $21 million, 226,000-square-foot facility is located at Basin Electric Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station coal-fired power plant north of Gillette, and is being built by Hladky Construction.

The XPrize Foundation already has signed on as the center’s main tenant and will occupy the ITC’s five smaller research bays, which are expected to be ready by this fall, Begger said last March.

It has attached a $10 million award for whomever can come up with a viable way to capture and reuse the CO2 produced from burning coal.

The ITC is looking for tenants to occupy its 109,000-square-foot research bay, which is more attractive to industry or other research groups that have some money to invest in pursuing technologies to capture and repurpose carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants, Begger said.

The facility is unique in that it’s the only one in the United States that offers researchers access to up to 18 kilowatts worth of flue gas to work with.

“There’s no other place in the U.S. that can provide a live flue gas stream of that quantity,” Begger said last October.

Gillette News Record