DOE Opens $27 Million Funding Opportunity To Support FEED Projects For Regional CO2 Transport Networks

Source: BY ERIN VOEGELE, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management on Sept. 15 announced it is making up to $27 million to support the transport of captured carbon dioxide (CO2), including CO2 from biomass sources.

The funding will support front-end engineering and design (FEED) projects for regional CO2 transport networks to safely transport captured CO2 from key sources to centralized locations. The projects will focus on carbon transport costs, transport network configurations, and technical and commercial considerations that support broad efforts to develop and deploy carbon capture, conversion, and storage at commercial scale. According to the DOE, the CO2 may be transported by any single mode of transport, including pipelines, rail, trucks, barges, or ships.

The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by DOE indicates applications can include a combination of CO2 removal, including direct air capture, biomass carbon removal and storage, and point sources, such as industrial and power generation.

Applications for the FOA are due Nov. 16. Funding of up to $3 million per FEED study is expected.

Since January 2021, FECM has announced nearly $400 million in project investments to advance research, development and deployment of carbon transport and storage approaches.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association issued a statement on Sept. 21 expressing support CO2 capture and storage funding offered by the DOE.

“With almost 100 projects nationwide, there are many reasons why three carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects are being developed in Iowa,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “First and foremost, the largest domestic and export markets for ethanol require low-carbon fuels. In addition, many countries – including the United States – are trying to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere. These goals cannot be met without CCS.”

“Ironically there are so-called environmental groups in Iowa who oppose CCS,” Shaw continued. “They claim to want to address CO2 but oppose one of key tools to do so. They claim to want to promote electric vehicles, but they oppose mining for the necessary battery minerals in the US. They claim to support sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), but they oppose CCS, the key to unlocking the SAF market for farm feedstocks. This is counter to President Biden’s recent call for agriculture to supply 95 percent of SAF feedstocks. It’s hard to take seriously groups who talk so often out of both sides of their mouths. It’s clear they are more interested in destroying Iowa agriculture than in improving the environment.”

Additional information on the FOA is available on the DOE website.