US provides $31m to develop CCS technologies

They will be capable of capturing at least 95% of emissions from natural gas and waste-to-energy plants and industrial applications such as cement and steel

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is providing more than $31 million (£26.6m) to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.

A total of 10 projects will share the funding for technologies capable of capturing at least 95% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from natural gas power plants, waste-to-energy plants and industrial applications, including cement and steel.

The projects will support the development and testing of transformational carbon capture materials, equipment and processes for applications in natural gas combined cycle (NGCC), waste-to-energy power generation and the industrial sector.

Others will perform front-end engineering design studies for industrial plants and NGCC plants integrated with carbon capture systems.

Brad Crabtree, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and Carbon Management said: “Carbon capture technology plays an enormously important role in helping to achieve the deep carbon reductions we need as our energy and industrial sectors transition to net zero emissions.

“Today’s investment will support the technological advancement and cost reductions required for wide-scale deployment.”