U.S. Department of Energy officials on Wednesday announced $21.3 million in funding for facilities to create safe and economical technologies nationwide for storing carbon dioxide in geologic formations.
Assistant Energy Secretary James Markowsky said in a conference call with reporters that the money will develop projects at 15 sites in a dozen states.
Researchers will study various facets of carbon capture and migration in different types of geologic formations.
Markowsky said the goal of the research at the universities and private companies is to "be able to predict" through modeling what happens to the carbon dioxide while it's stored.
The hope is that the research will help the U.S. reduce emissions of greenhouse gas as well as develop and deploy near-zero-emission coal technologies.