Last week, Wyoming marked the opening of the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) which will research carbon capture solutions at the Dry Fork Station coal plant. The facility will host five competing research teams seeking to utilize the plant’s carbon emissions. The team with the best score based on how much carbon dioxide they convert and the value of their products will receive $7.5 million from the XPRIZE Foundation.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is supportive of the research and the possible benefits it could bring to Wyoming down the line. He said, “With 100 plus years of coal reserves left, we need long-term strategies and solutions. The next [presidential] administration, when it comes about, may have concerns about coal. This is the time, during an administration that is friendly to coal, to start investing in places like the ITC and places that are finding these solutions.”