The quest for clean, renewable energy is one of the most important scientific challenges of our time. From vast wind farms to technology that harnesses the power of waves, there are many promising alternatives currently being researched. Until their capabilities are fully developed, however, much of the world will continue to rely on traditional fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, resulting in higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide linked with global climate change.
The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium is one of seven national research partnerships working to find a balance between our growing energy needs and rising climate concerns by capturing carbon dioxide created in energy production and industrial processes and storing it safely underground in natural geological formations. The MGSC is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Energy Technology Laboratory via the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program and by a cost share agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Coal Development, through the Illinois Clean Coal Institute.
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Hold the Date!
2013 Midwest Carbon Sequestration Science Conference
October 7-9, 2013, Champaign, Illinois
The MGSC is planning our 2013 conference and will once again invite open registration for interested CCS participants to attend our annual Project Advisory Meeting. This conference will include a full day of IBDP research presentations covering all aspects of the MGSC Phase III research activities. The conference will also include a STEP-sponsored workshop and an optional tour of the IBDP site. The meeting will begin on Monday, October 7th and is being held at the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL. Full meeting details will be distributed in June with registration opening in July.
MGSC reaches major milestone at Illinois Basin - Decatur Project
In early June 2013 the IBDP reached its halfway point, injecting 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into a saline reservoir at the Archer Daniels Midland facility in Decatur, IL. The technologies applied and lessons learned from this project will also support industry in the region looking to develop CO2 capture and transport infrastructure. Click here for more details.
Illinois Basin - Decatur Project Recognition
The Illinois Basin - Decatur Project was recognized in October 2012 by the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) at its meeting in Perth, Australia for making significant contributions to the development of global carbon dioxide mitigation technologies. The projects will appear in a yearly project portfolio on the CSFL website to keep the global community updated on progress.
The CSLF is an international climate change initiative that focuses on the development of technologies to cost-effectively capture, utilize, and store CO2. Member countries include the United States, the European Union, and 23 other countries that together account for 75 percent of all global anthropogenic CO2 emissions and aim to collaborate on mitigation efforts. For more information, please visit the CSLF website (http://www.cslforum.org).
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