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Department of Energy to give up to $49M for carbon capture testing near Gillette

The Dry Fork Station in Campbell County. (Chelsea Croker)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — An energy technology developer has been selected to negotiate an award worth millions of dollars to test a carbon capture system at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center near Gillette. 

TDA Research Inc. — a company developing cutting-edge products for customers in the defense, aerospace, energy and chemical industries — was recently announced as the recipient of an award worth up to $49 million for a large-scale pilot project to test a sorbent-based, post-combustion carbon capture system. The project is in collaboration with energy technology company SLB. 

According to a Feb. 7 newsletter from the Wyoming ITC, the project is capable of capturing 158,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, the equivalent of a year’s worth of carbon emissions from 35,000 gas-powered cars. 

“TDA is very excited to work with DOE, its partners, and all stakeholders including the local community to demonstrate the viability of its novel carbon capture technology at the pilot scale,” Gokhan Alptekin, TDA vice president of technology, said in the newsletter. 

The company is a current Wyoming ITC tenant that began testing several carbon capture technologies based on novel sorbents and sorbent-membrane hybrids to remove carbon dioxide from flue gas in 2019. 

Frederick Majkut, senior vice president of SLB, stated that the speed at which the economic feasibility of carbon capture initiatives can be proven across various sectors will significantly impact the ability to expedite the shift toward net zero emissions. 

“Collaborations such as this allow us to demonstrate the scalability of innovative technologies and fundamentally de-risk larger-scale projects,” Majkut said in the newsletter. 

The new project will build on the foundation created from previous testing to inform the safe and responsible commercial deployment of TDA’s sorbent-based technology, according to the Wyoming ITC. The technology could be scaled up for use at coal plants worldwide.