Membrane Technology and Research (MTR) Carbon Capture announced it has been selected to receive $4.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) to develop a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for an integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station, a coal-fired power plant near Gillette, Wyoming. The Wyoming Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) Project, led by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER), is a strategic partner for sequestering the captured CO2 and is a co-recipient on this award.

The project includes a FEED study for a proposed capture plant featuring MTR Carbon Capture’s second-generation Polaris membrane. The project aims to capture, compress, and store onsite 3 million metric tons (mt) of CO2 per year, achieving at least a 90% carbon capture rate.

“MTR Carbon Capture is proud to be part of this transformative project that brings together our Polaris membrane capture technology with Wyoming CarbonSAFE’s carbon storage expertise to further develop the future of CCS,” said Brett Andrews, president, MTR Carbon Capture. “Built on more than 15 years of research and development, this project could tee up commercial CCS operations, not only at Dry Fork Station but for other industrial sites throughout the world.”

Fred McLaughlin, director of SER’s Center for Economic Geology Research said, “We are fortunate to have MTR developing cutting-edge, environmentally forward capture technology to help progress carbon management for Dry Fork Station and for Wyoming CarbonSAFE. This award will truly help to advance CCS development at the project site and across the State of Wyoming.”

This FEED study funding is part of OCED’s Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program, which seeks to address the urgent need to advance carbon management technologies. The goal of the program is to accelerate the demonstration and deployment of integrated carbon capture, transport, and storage technologies. MTR Carbon Capture will demonstrate the project is well-prepared for the subsequent deployment phase by developing the engineering design for the capture plant, the CO2 pipeline and injection wells. The company will engage with the public on all aspects of the project.

“Basin Electric congratulates MTR Carbon Capture on an important next step in further evaluating carbon capture at our Dry Fork Station,” said Todd Brickhouse, CEO and general manager of Basin Electric Power Cooperative. “The investment required to bring carbon capture and storage technology from study to pilot to full-scale production is substantial, and successful deployment will require partnerships at many different levels. Dispatchable generation facilities such as Dry Fork Station are integral to Basin Electric providing reliable and affordable electricity to our membership, and the work MTR Carbon Capture is doing today is important to keeping electricity reliable across our nation.”

This project is the second DoE award for MTR Carbon Capture at Dry Fork Station. In 2023, the company began construction on a large-scale pilot plant at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center to capture CO2 from flue gas produced at Dry Fork Station. When operational later this year, it will be the world’s largest membrane-based carbon capture pilot project.