DOE awards $5 million to UW for carbon capture

Laramie, Wyo. – The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding nearly $5 million in stimulus funds to the University of Wyoming for carbon sequestration projects at two western Wyoming sites.

The federal agency on Wednesday announced $62 million for carbon capture and storage research and development.

Wyoming will use its share to design commercial-scale sequestration projects at the Rock Springs Uplift and the Moxa Arch.

Carbon sequestration involves capturing and storing underground the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants and other facilities that burn coal and gas.

The university is contributing $11.9 million to the three-year project. The Energy Department is also awarding $275,000 to train UW students in technologies related to sequestration.