The U.S. the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Carbon Capture Center has announced a partnership agreement with the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA). Joining the center allows for the two entities to work cooperatively to bring innovative carbon capture technologies to commercial reality.

“The National Carbon Capture Center brings a vast network of energy experts and technical experience that can complement and enhance the work being done at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC),” said Wyoming Infrastructure Authority Executive Director Jason Begger.

“Perfecting carbon technologies isn’t going to happen in a vacuum. It is critical for Wyoming to tap into the work being done around the globe and help connect the dots to truly create game-changing energy technology. This partnership with the National Carbon Capture Center gives us another opportunity to do just that and we are pleased to be joining its mission.”

“This new collaboration with the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority represents an important milestone in our efforts to advance the next generation of carbon capture solutions,” said National Carbon Capture Center Director John Northington. “We look forward to working together with WIA toward our common goals of promoting technology innovation, a diverse energy mix and economic and energy security for our nation.”

In addition to the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, other partners of the National Carbon Capture Center include DOE and its National Energy Technology Laboratory, American Electric Power, Cloud Peak Energy, Duke Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute, Peabody and ClearPath.

The National Carbon Capture Center is a world-class neutral research facility working to advance technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas and coal-based power plants. The facility recently surpassed 100,000 hours of technology testing for carbon capture innovators, and is recognized for its ability to bridge the gap between laboratory research and large-scale demonstrations.

In addition to utilizing technical guidance and cost-sharing, National Carbon Capture Center partner organizations have the opportunity to leverage the center’s expertise in bringing carbon capture technologies to commercial reality. Partners also participate in the center’s international leadership of organizations such as the International Test Center Network, a global carbon capture, utilization and storage technology coalition.

The Wyoming ITC was officially dedicated earlier this month in Gillette. The first tenants will be teams competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. Kawasaki Heavy Industries will also be testing their solid sorbent capture technology at the ITC.