22 Jun, 2022
Myno Wins State-wide Grant to Develop Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Technology
Myno won a Washington State Department of Commerce Industrial Symbiosis Grant to partner with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to study and pilot utilizing Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) technology for our facility’s biochar production waste heat. The project is assessing multiple options for CCUS, including existing commercially available technologies and a novel approach to utilize waste heat from pyrolysis and concentrated CO2 stack emissions to sequester carbon in crushed basalt sourced from Washington State. The resultant carbonated basalt material may be a beneficial agricultural liming and fertilization product to promote agricultural productivity.
Basalt rock samples from Kettle Falls, WA
Among CCUS pathways, the enhanced basalt weathering pathway presents a significant opportunity for sequestering carbon in the Pacific Northwest, which is home to one of the largest surface basalt provinces in the world, derived from the Columbia River Basalt Flow. Currently, there is limited research on the deployment of the approach using waste heat and CO2 from power plants, and on the use of carbonated basalt materials in agriculture. If effective, this model of CO2 utilization and subsequent agricultural fertilization can be reproduced in Myno’s Carbon Removal Facilities and can be a method of CO2 utilization for other facilities in the Pacific Northwest.
Example of weatherized basalt rock powder applied to crops