Calling it an important part of the Obama administration's investments in clean coal technology and an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy announced two milestones in the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage project this week. Here are the details.
* The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) marked the project made on construction of the project's storage facility.
* According to the DOE, ADM was selected in 2009 for funding to conduct one of 12 projects aimed at testing large-scale industrial carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies. It was then selected in 2010 to receive continued funding.
* The Illinois project is managed by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Technology and received $141 million of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. An additional $66.5 million came from private investments.
* In addition to the facility, which is designed to sequester approximately 2,500 metric tons of CO2 per day at depths of approximately 7,000 feet, the DOE reported, the project also includes a training center.
* This week marked the opening of the National Sequestration Education Center, which was funded in partnership with the Richland Community College.
* According to the DOE, the National Sequestration Education Center will be a 15,000 square-foot sustainably designed facility that will include renewable energy features such as wind turbine, solar, geothermal and biomass technology.
* The Center will contain classrooms, training and laboratory facilities for students wishing to obtain an associates degree in sequestration technology, the DOE reported.
* CO2 injection monitoring instruments will allow students to gain experience in the sequestration technologies demonstrated by project partners.
* The Center will also provide community and regional outreach on carbon capture, utilization and storage through an interactive visitor's center, the energy department stated.
* The Illinois project will be fully operational in 2013, the DOE stated, and will be able to store 1 million tons of carbon dioxide per year and will "help demonstrate the feasibility and reduce the cost of clean coal and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies."
* "CCUS is critical to the president's strategy to secure the nation's energy future by developing every source of American energy in a way that's smart and sustainable," stated Gayland Barksdale, Technical Writer for the Office of Fossil Energy. "The Illinois ICCS project and the NSEC build on decades of research and development to bring us closer to that goal -- and to ensure that the United States keeps the lead in the clean energy technology race."