October 27, 2017
One of the first tests for geologic storage of carbon dioxide at a commercial, coal-fired power plant has concluded, more than 15 years after it began, completing a journey from an initial exploratory well to successful operations and site closure.
Battelle started the carbon capture and storage (CCS) research project at the American Electric Power (AEP) Mountaineer Plant in West Virginia in 2002 with research funding from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Based on the positive findings from the exploratory well drilling and seismic survey, AEP decided in 2007 to proceed with a 20 MW pilot test facility, with on-site CO₂ capture, compression, transport, and injection.
The collaboration between Battelle, AEP and others led to many other geologic, engineering, field implementation, and regulatory lessons learned, with regional and global impact for CCS technology development and new knowledge for America’s carbon sequestration partnerships, such as the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership.