DOE Science Showcase - Carbon Sequestration

Map of United States with the Department of Energy's network of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships. Image from the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

The U.S. Department of Energy created a nationwide network of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSP).
Image Credit: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).


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Reliance on fossil fuels, expanded transportation and deforestation has resulted in the accumulation of carbon dioxide or CO2 in our atmosphere. This excess CO2 is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate extremes. Carbon capture and long-term safe and secure storage (carbon sequestration) could play an important role in mitigating climate change. The Department of Energy’s carbon capture and storage research programs are making significant progress with carbon sequestration technology. This research community includes a network of federal, state and private sector regional partnerships, and interagency, industrial, and international programs.

Overview of Carbon Storage Research,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Energy Department Invests to Drive Down Costs of Carbon Capture, Support Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Pollution, U.S.DOE

Annual Report: Carbon Storage, SciTech Connect

Climate Change: Effects on Our Energy

In the OSTI Collections: Carbon Sequestration, Dr. William N. Watson

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Carbon Sequestration Research Results in DOE Databases

  •  SciTech Connect:   science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy
  •  National Library of EnergyBeta:  search results from Annual Energy Outlook, DOE Technology Transfer,, DOE Office of Science, EIA, Open Energy Info, and other DOE offices and labs.
  •  search results from AGRICOLA, DOT, DTIC, EPA, NASA, NREL, NSF, PubMed, Toxline, and other U.S. Government databases.

  •  search results from DEFF Research Database (Denmark), DNA Database of Japan, Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB), Europe PubMed, German National Library of Science and Technology, International Development Research Center, INIS, J-Stage (Japan), NARCIS (Netherlands), Synapse and other foreign and international databases.

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Key DOE Programs and Initiatives

Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships   

Industrial Carbon Capture & Storage

Recovery Act Projects

Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF)

2013 Carbon Sequestration Technology Roadmap, CSL

Major Clean Coal Demonstration Projects, NETL

Major Demonstration Projects, YouTube video

National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographic Information System (NATCARB), NETL

2012 United States Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas (Atlas IV) , NETL

U.S. Global Change Research Program

Scientist at Idaho National Laboratory studies carbon sequestration. Helping inform large carbon storage pilot projects in Washington and Montana








Image Credit: Idaho National Laboratory (INL)-
Sequestration research is helping inform large carbon storage pilot projects in Washington and Montana.


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