The US Department of Energy has kicked-off three large scale carbon sequestration pilots under a presidential initiative to promote clean energy technology and to ‘confront’ climate change. The tests involve the storage of over 1 million tons of CO2 in deep saline reservoirs. The DOE plans to invest $197 million over ten years. Extra monies from partners will bring the project’s value to $318 million. The formations to be tested during this third phase of the regional partnerships program are considered as the most promising locations in the US with the potential to store more than 100 years of emissions from all major North American sources.
The projects include participation from 27 states and three Canadian provinces. The whole sequestration lifecycle will be studied at scale to asses the ability of different geologic settings to permanently store CO2.
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