“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 can host multiple research teams at any given time. The facility was designed to accommodate projects of varying sizes and power needs. Each individual test bay is fed with flue gas directly from Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station. The ITC is one of a few facilities in the world where researchers can pull power directly from a coal-fired power plant for testing. This allows tenants to test real-world applications of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.
The Wyoming ITC welcomed TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) to the facility in the fall of 2019. TDA develops cutting-edge chemical processes, materials, and hardware for customers in the defense, aerospace, energy, and chemical industries.
Over the winter, TDA will test a novel hybrid carbon capture system, which incorporates membrane and solid sorbent technologies to remove carbon dioxide from flue gas. TDA’s system is sized to capture carbon dioxide from flue gas at about the emission rate from a plant generating 50 kilowatts of electricity, or about a ton of carbon dioxide per day. “Our solid sorbent technology has been tested and proven on a smaller scale, as has the membrane technology proved by MTR. Our two technologies have also been tested as a hybrid model successfully as well,” said David Gribble, TDA senior scientist. “Through our testing at Dry Fork Station, we hope to show improvements in operational cost and efficiencies.”
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.
- Dimensional Energy (Ithaca, NY, USA) – Developed by professors David Erickson and Tobias Hanrath, the team is creating a system that utilizes direct sunlight to produce environmentally responsible polymers and chemical intermediaries for industrial partners.
- 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. 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.