US-China Clean Energy Research Center, Advanced Coal Technology Consortium

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jan 1, 2016 Dec 31, 2020 Outside Indiana, state
Director: Kevin Ellett
Other Researchers: Ryan Kammer, John Rupp Philip Stauffer and Richard Middleton-- Los Alamos National Laboratory; Xiaochun Li, Bai Bing, Jun Li, and Ning Wei-- Chinese Academy of Sciences; Jeff Wagoner, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Tim Carr, West Virginia University; Zunsheng Jiao and Ye Zhang, University of Wyoming
Funding: U.S. Department of Energy - USDOE - No Specific Program
Issue: Global carbon emissions from fossil fuel sources have risen steadily for many decades and are now estimated at around 10 gigatonnes annually. Atmospheric CO2 concentration has now surpassed 400 ppm. As the world’s largest energy producers and consumers, the United States and China share common strategic and economic interests in advancing clean energy technology. Such technologies are considered essential for reducing the global trend towards increasing greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric CO2 concentration.
Objective: The objective of the CERC-ACTC program is to advance R&D on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology such that it may play an integral role in mitigating CO2 emissions over the coming decades.
Approach: The CERC is a new model for bilateral collaboration between the US and China. It provides a supportive platform for collaborative research, protecting intellectual property, and encouraging top scientists and engineers in both countries to join forces, learn from each other, and capitalize on unique assets and complementary strengths. The CERC is composed of three R&D consortia: Advanced Coal Technology, Energy Efficient Buildings, and Clean Vehicles. The IGS is one of seven research partners in the US side of the CERC-ACTC.
Products: Numerous publications and presentations of research achievements will be produced with a particular focus on high impact, peer-reviewed journals and other venues with strong international exposure.
Benefits: The IGS will raise its international profile by gaining significant exposure in the relevant international science and engineering communities via participation in this prestigious program. IGS scientists and Indiana citizens will gain new understanding about the potential to mitigate the state's high level of CO2 emissions (#2 in the US in stationary emissions) through implementation of cutting-edge CCUS technology.

A Hierarchical Approach for Evaluating Carbon Storage Resource Estimates in Deep Saline Formations

Making CCUS a Reality: Integrating Science and Engineering into a Business Plan Framework