The Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI) is led by Battelle Memorial Institute and Illinois Geologic Survey and aims to advance carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) research by addressing key technical challenges, obtaining and sharing data to support CCUS, facilitating regional infrastructure planning, and performing regional technology transfer.
Some project facts are below:
Project study area includes states from the Midwest to east coast, covering more than 1/3rd of the nation’s CO2 point sources accounting for 945 million metric tons of CO2. The majority of these sources are from power plants.
- The region covers multiple storage provinces and plays including the Michigan Basin, Illinois Basin, Appalachian Basin, Atlantic Coast, and Off-shore. The geology is diverse offering numerous storage systems.
- The region has hosted more than a dozen pilot and/or full-scale CCUS projects which provides a solid foundation for future work.