Global climate change authority welcomes official launch of new US carbon capture and storage facility

Friday, 22 September 2017

Melbourne: Friday 22 September 2017: The world’s leading authority on carbon capture and storage, the Global CCS Institute, has welcomed the official start-up of the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Illinois Industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility.

Located at Decatur, Illinois, this is the first bioethanol application in the United States which will produce corn ethanol and capture all CO2 generated as part of the fermentation process.

Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, said the ADM plant demonstrated how proven, versatile and economically viable CCS is:

“Carbon capture on ethanol is inexpensive and requires less energy because CO2 separation from other gases is inherent in the ethanol production process, meaning the facility only needs to dewater and compress already separated CO2 and store it.

“This plant is capturing more than one million tonnes per year of carbon and permanently storing it deep beneath the earth.”

Washington DC-based General Manager, Jeff Erikson, said ADM and the US Department of Energy, both of whom are Members of the Global CCS Institute, should be applauded for bringing another large-scale CCS facility to market.

“This facility demonstrates that bio-fuel based negative emissions are achievable at scale.

“It is further proof that CCS is the only clean technology capable of decarbonising major industrial sectors. It is one of the few technologies able to alleviate emissions from steel, cement, pulp and paper, refining, petrochemicals as well as unabated gas and coal-fired power.” 

When the Illinois Industrial CCS facility began operations in April, it brought the tally of large-scale CCS facilities operating around the world to 17 with a further four posed for start-up in the near future.

Illinois Industrial CCS is the second major CCS facility to come onstream this year following the start-up of Petra Nova CCS facility in Texas in January.

Pre-eminent climate change specialist bodies including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have concluded that Paris climate change targets cannot be reached without CCS.



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About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is the world's leading authority on carbon capture and storage (CCS) - an international climate change organisation whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of CCS as an imperative technology in tackling climate change and providing energy security.

Working with a large and diverse membership, the Institute drives the adoption of CCS by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing information, advice, and advocacy to ensure this clean technology plays its rightful role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Institute’s diverse international membership includes governments, global corporations, private companies, research bodies, academic institutions, and non-governmental organisations, all of whom are committed to CCS as a proven and pivotal part of a decarbonised future.

We are headquartered in Melbourne with offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo.

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