GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Integrated Test Center announced today that it’s joined a global coalition of carbon research facilities.
The International Test Center Network entities aim to accelerate research and development of carbon capture, utilization and storage, or CCUS, technologies.
The network began in 2012 to share public information among test facilities around the world.
Wyoming’s Integrated Test Center is the largest U.S. testing facility in the network, which has 14 members. Facilities are in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
Integrated Test Center Managing Director Jason Begger said joining the coalition helps position the center on the global stage.
“Finding solutions to carbon emissions while maintaining our dispatchable generation fleet is critical,” he said. “This network allows members to knowledge share different aspects of CCUS development to aid the cost-effectiveness of deploying a suite of technology solutions.”
Gov. Mark Gordon said the Integrated Test Center has an important role in globally deploying the technologies.
“The impact of commercially successful CCUS technologies will extend the viability of coal as a fuel, and such technologies can be exported to coal-producing areas around the world,” Gordon said. “I fully support other forms of energy, including wind, solar and nuclear, but coal’s reliability and low cost is important for maintaining grid stability.”
Partner facilities have access to resources and meetings regarding CCUS challenges, ideas and solutions.
National Carbon Capture Center Director John Northington said his center, which is a co-founder of the network, welcomes Wyoming’s.
“Broad knowledge sharing among CCUS facilities is essential to move technology to commercial-scale, and the Wyoming ITC will help further this important collaboration,” he said.
Wyoming’s Integrated Test Center provides researchers space to test CCUS technologies with coal-based flue gas from the Dry Fork Station near Gillette, the release said. Wyoming’s center is one of the few research and testing facilities at an operating coal-fired powered plan, according to the release.