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EERC Awarded $38 Million for CCS Project

Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the Energy & Environmental Research Center. The original release can be viewed on the EERC’s website.

Grand Forks, N.D. – The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND) was awarded $38 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

The project, “Coal Creek Carbon Capture: Site Characterization and Permitting,” is in partnership with Rainbow Energy Center and Neset Consulting Service, Inc. The project aims to characterize and permit a geologic carbon dioxide storage hub in central North Dakota to store up to 200 million metric tons of CO2, which would contribute 10% of the 2 billion metric ton CO2 storage capacity goal of the DOE’s CarbonSAFE Initiative Program. The proposed storage hub would store CO2 from the Coal Creek Station power plant and the Blue Flint Ethanol plant. Implementing carbon capture and storage at Coal Creek Station would reduce 95% of the CO2 emissions from the plant, which represents a 19% reduction of CO2 from North Dakota’s stationary sources. Project partners will work with community members in the process to gain input and provide information on project goals.

“This funding continues our decades-long work in CCS,” says EERC CEO Charles Gorecki. “North Dakota is uniquely ideal for CCS projects—we have the right geology and regulatory framework to capture and store COsafely and permanently. With these technologies, we don’t have to choose between reliable and clean energy.”

Work on this 3-year project begins in the fall of 2023.