• Wyoming Integrated Test Center opens

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The Wyoming Integrated Test Center, which is to be home to investigators researching carbon capture, storage and utilisation from coal firing, has opened at Dry Fork Station, using flue gas from a 20 MW portion of the 385 MW-output plant, which is located near Gillette, north-east Wyoming, USA. The ITC will start out by hosting five of the finalists of the XPRIZE as they demonstrate their technologies, with the Japan Coal Energy Center and Kawasaki Heavy Industries also signed up to use the research facilities. Funding for the establishment of the centre came from the Wyoming government, Basin Electric Power Cooperative (which runs Dry Fork Station), and Tri-State Generation & Transmisson. Its opening may reflect a change in approach to CCSU within the US coal industry, with a recognition that the ability to reduce carbon emissions is a means of extending the marketable life of coal, much as the Norwegian government sees CCSU as a means of extending the life of oil and gas. The governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead, told Scientific American “We cannot let Wyoming seek a victim status. Where there are challenges from the federal government, where there are challenges from environmentalists, or challenges that hurt our opportunity to produce energy, it’s not enough to say we’re going to fight like hell. We’ve got to find solutions.”