North Dakota Explores Commercial CCS Implementation for Ethanol Production

A project associated with Red Trail Energy’s ethanol-manufacturing plant in North Dakota seeks to examine technical and economic factors of commercial CCS implementation.  The Energy and Environment Center, North Dakota Industrial Commission, US DOE, and private partners conducted a 6-month feasibility study showing promising results for commercial success.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) may be an economical option for reducing CO2 emissions to qualify for market credits by meeting the requirements of low-carbon fuel programs in other states. This research project assessed the technical and economic feasibility of integrating CCS with ethanol production processes to reduce net CO2 emissions. North Dakota has both significant ethanol production capacity and geology ideally suited for safe, permanent CO2 carbon storage.

Commercial technologies to capture and separate CO2 emissions from the fermentation process already exist. The study provides local ethanol producers with a detailed assessment of the commercial feasibility of incorporating capture, transport, and storage of the CO2 emissions within their production operations.

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