The first of five XPRIZE finalists vying to successfully transform carbon dioxide emissions into an innovative product at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) in Gillette has successfully completed their technology demonstration tests earlier this month, according to an Oct. 26 release from the Wyoming Energy Authority.
CO2Concrete™ has been testing their scaled-up technologies converting carbon dioxide emissions into construction materials at the ITC since summer and is the first tenant to complete their onsite process, per the release.
“It is a great honor to be amongst the first tenants at the ITC and a finalist in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, and the future is bright for CO2 utilization projects using industrial waste flue gas streams,” said Dr. Iman Mehdipour, project scientist with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) research team, in the release.
“CO2Concrete™ is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed 12 operation runs at the Wyoming ITC.” – Mehdipour
The California-based team received a two-year, $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of their process and is one of five teams competing for the $20 NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. This four-and-a-half-year competition pitted teams of researchers across the globe to transform flue gas into new products and technologies, including bio-composite plastics and greener concrete and other building materials.
Only one other team, Dimensional Energy from Ithaca, New York, was able to make it onsite to compete due to constraints from the pandemic. The other teams, including India-based Breath, Scotland’s Carbon Capture Machine and the Chinese team, C4X, were forced to find similar locations in their home countries to conduct their research trials.
The teams can convert the carbon dioxide into any material they want, according to Senior Carbon XPRIZE Director Marious Extavour, and will be judged by how valuable the product created is, how energy efficient it was and how much carbon they can actually use up.
“All five (teams) have innovative technology to showcase,” Mehdipour said, noting that execution and expediency will likely dictate who takes home the big money prize at the end of the multi-million-dollar competition happening in Gillette’s own back yard.
The winners, who were to be crowned this fall, will now be announced sometime next year as a result of the delays tied to the virus.
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