Dedication marks construction end of the Wyoming Integrated Test Center
Like the wild Wyoming wind, excitement at the May 17 dedication ceremony of the Integrated Test Center (ITC), located at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station, north of Gillette, Wyoming, couldn’t be tamed.
The ITC is a research test facility that provides space for researchers to test carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration technologies using 20 megawatts of flue gas from Dry Fork Station. It enables real-world research and testing at an actual operating power plant.
More than 100 people, including partners, tenants, general public, and local dignitaries, gathered for the dedication ceremony, which marked the end of construction and the beginning of innovative research and testing.
The State of Wyoming funded the project with $15 million, while Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association contributed $5 million. The National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association contributed another $1 million. Basin Electric, along with hosting the facility through Dry Fork Station, is supplying in-kind expertise with design, engineering, and construction management services of the Integrated Test Center.
The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority managed the pre-commissioning phase of the project. Additional partners that have contributed goods and services include:
Meet the teams
At the ITC, five teams are competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a $20 million global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO2 emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels, and other items that we use every day.
Breathe (Bangalore, India) – Led by Dr. Sebastian Peter, the team is producing methanol, a common fuel and petrochemical feedstock, using a novel catalyst.
C4X (Suzhou, China) – Led by Dr. Wayne Song and Dr. Yuehui Li, the team is producing chemicals and bio-composite foamed plastics.
Carbon Capture Machine (Aberdeen, Scotland) – Led by Dr. Mohammed Imbabi, the team is producing solid carbonates with applications to building materials.
CarbonCure (Dartmouth, Canada) – Led by Jennifer Wagner, the team is producing stronger, greener concrete.
Carbon Upcycling UCLA (Los Angeles, California) – Led by Dr. Gaurav Sant, the team is producing building materials that absorb CO2 during the production process to replace concrete.
In addition to the teams competing for the XPRIZE competition, Kawasaki Heavy Industries will be testing its solid sorbent capture technology at the ITC.
POWER Magazine 2018 Top Plant winner
The Dry Fork Station was named one of POWER Magazine’s 2018 Top Plant winners for coal-fired projects and is featured in its August issue.
According to the article, Dry Fork Station’s winning attributes include:
- A detailed and forward-looking plant design factored in the future regulatory landscape.
- Installed the largest reflux circulating fluidized bed scrubber, a novel dry bottom ash removal system, and the largest U.S. air-cooled condenser.
- Finding a novel solution to improve mercury removal.
- Hosting and providing technical services to the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, which will allow researchers to develop commercially viable uses for carbon dioxide extracted from Dry Fork’s flue gas.