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Illinois Industrial CCS Project begins ethanol-plant CO2 injection into saline reservoir

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project in Decatur, Illinois, has begun operation by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into a large saline reservoir. This project received a $141-million investment from DOE, matched by over $66 million in private-sector cost share.

Led by the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), the large-scale major demonstration project is demonstrating an integrated system for collecting CO2 from an ethanol production plant and geologically storing the CO2 in a deep underground sandstone reservoir. The CO2 is a byproduct from processing corn into fuel-grade ethanol at the ADM plant through biological fermentation.

The CO2 will be stored in the Mt. Simon Sandstone in the Illinois Basin—one of the largest saline aquifers in the world. While the project can store approximately one million tons of CO2 per year at depths of approximately 7,000 feet, researchers estimate that the sandstone formation can potentially store more than 250 million tons of produced CO2 each year.

Nearly 50 years of successful natural gas storage in the Mt. Simon Sandstone indicates that this saline reservoir and overlying seals should effectively contain stored CO2.


Henry Gibson

Ethanol is not the fuel of future it is a food and its raw materials are also foods for man, animals and organisms even some that capture nitrogen for themselves and other ones to provide growth amino acids. CO2 release prevention could be just burning coal and putting the CO2 in the reservoir. Find out all about wet-oxygen combustion with fuels burned in water. ..HG..


CO2 from an ethanol production plant...
Most of the carbon from that source is BIO carbon taken in while the plants grow. If you want to do some good take carbon from a fossil fuel power plant then put it into spent wells.


A couple of recently completed projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan had capital costs of $1000/tonne of capacity while this one appears to be around $200. Like this one, most of the money came from the governments. You still need a carbon tax to attract private investment.

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