World’s largest membrane-based carbon capture plant under construction in Wyoming

Membrane Technology and Research (MTR) Carbon Capture has started building a pilot plant at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) in Gillette, Wyoming, USA that will capture 150 tonnes of CO2 per day.

The pilot plant under construction in Wyoming
The pilot plant under construction in Wyoming - Image courtesy of MTR Carbon Capture.

When operational in 2024, it will be the world’s largest capture plant based on clean membrane technology.

MTR Carbon Capture will operate out of ITC’s Large Test Center to collect CO2 from flue gas produced by Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station, a coal-based power plant firing Powder River Basin coal. The Wyoming ITC is one of the world’s largest post-combustion demonstration-scale test facilities.

MTR Carbon Capture will use its proprietary Polaris polymeric membrane to capture CO2 at Dry Fork Station. The process uses no chemicals and requires little water, making its approach to carbon capture cleaner and more environmentally friendly than conventional solvent-based carbon capture methods.

“To meet the world’s decarbonization goals the energy transition must start by modernizing existing power and industrial facilities with proven carbon capture technology,” said Brett Andrews, president of MTR Carbon Capture. “Our Polaris membrane is backed by 15 years of research, development, and testing to create an effective and environmentally friendly carbon capture solution.”

The project is part of the US Department of Energy’s large-scale pilot carbon capture program.

Headquartered in Newark, California, MTR Carbon Capture develops and deploys point source carbon capture systems built on its Polaris polymeric membrane. MTR Carbon Capture is a division of Membrane Technology and Research Inc, a commercial supplier of membrane-based separation systems.