(235i) The U.S. Department of Energy's R&D Program for Carbon Use and Reuse
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 3:30pm to 3:45pm
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energyâs National Energy Technology Laboratory has an active carbon capture and storage (CCS) program. A focus area within the carbon storage program is Carbon Use and Reuse. The objective of this area is to identify and develop a suite of technologies to beneficially use CO2 to produce useful products excluding enhanced oil recovery technologies. A key challenge is to identify candidate chemistries and economically feasible approaches that utilize meaningful amounts of CO2 as feedstock for in-demand products and yet have smaller greenhouse gas footprints than traditional pathways. Life cycle analysis (LCA) is being used to determine the environmental impact of CO2 utilization projects. An open source LCA software, openLCA, is being used in the development of these LCAs. Current projects in the portfolio include cements/concretes, algae, and novel concepts.