Wyoming stakeholders asked to weigh in on applying for direct air capture funding

GILLETTE, Wyo – The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Energy Authority are considering applying for funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s four regional Clean Direct Air Capture Hubs program.

It could be an opportunity for Wyoming to boost its economy, the press release said.

The U.S. Department of Energy program, made possible by the Infrastructure and Jobs Investment Act, has allocated $3.5 billion over the next five years to establish four regional direct airborne survey centers, one said information sheet. Each hub must be able to capture at least 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and provide the infrastructure to transport and sequester or use the captured carbon dioxide.

They are asking stakeholders to comment on Direct Air Capture activities in Wyoming, which could include a DAC test center, commercial components, shared infrastructure, or market considerations. Stakeholders should submit this form by November 30 if they wish to engage with state partners in Wyoming direct airborne initiatives, such as the Hubs program opportunity.

Direct air capture is a form of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration. With Direct Air Capture, ambient air is processed and carbon dioxide is separated. Carbon dioxide is then stored underground, used to improve oil production, or converted into products. Direct air capture carbon capture technology and infrastructure can lead to technological innovation and the commercialization of other CO2 sources such as coal-fired power plants.

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Wyoming Business Council Chief Strategy Officer Sarah Fitz-Gerald said in the press release that the team looks forward to hearing from stakeholders.

“Wyoming is well positioned to continue leveraging its assets and industries while meeting the carbon emissions needs of the evolving market, and we are seeking a broad range of input before announcing any funding opportunities,” she said.

Wyoming has more than 40 billion tons of characterized geological CO2 storage, CO2 transport infrastructure and policies that support carbon management project developers, the release said.

Holly Krutka, Executive Director of SER, said the leadership of the interagency partnerships in this endeavor demonstrates the commitment to the development of new industries in Wyoming. She said the team hopes the insights from the stakeholders would make the effort even more successful.

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Industry leaders, elected officials, community groups, tribes and the public are all considered stakeholders, the release said.

(University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources)

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