GILLETTE, Wyo. — Construction of what will be the largest carbon capture plant based on clean membrane technology in the world has begun at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette.
MTR Carbon Capture said in a news release today that the pilot plant, which is slated to become operational in 2024, will operate out of the ITC’s Large Test Center. The plant will collect carbon dioxide from flue gas that Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station produces from Powder River Basin coal. MTR Carbon Capture will use its Polaris polymeric membrane to capture more than 150 tons of carbon dioxide each day without using chemicals and with little need for water. The project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s large-scale carbon capture program, which is supposed to help develop technologies to improve carbon capture’s efficiency, effectiveness, costs and emissions reductions.
“To meet the world’s decarbonization goals the energy transition must start by modernizing existing power and industrial facilities with proven carbon capture technology,” MTR Carbon Capture President Brett Andrews said in the release. “Our Polaris membrane is backed by 15 years of research, development, and testing to create an effective and environmentally friendly carbon capture solution.”
MTR Carbon Capture is part of Membrane Technology and Research, which has been a commercial supplier of membrane-based separation systems for more than 40 years. MTR Carbon Capture is headquartered in Newark, California.
MTR celebrated a groundbreaking at the ITC on May 2.