XPRIZE announces finalists in NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

XPRIZE announces finalists in NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

 Five teams have been selected to test at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center

Cheyenne, Wyoming – Today, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE announced the ten teams that will be advancing to the final round of the competition. The Carbon XPRIZE has two tracks, a natural-gas track and a coal-fired track, with five teams competing in each. The competitors in the coal-fired track will be coming to the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) to complete their research in this final round of the competition.

“We are excited to be moving to the next phase of the competition and to get the finalist teams out to the Integrated Test Center, which is the largest post-combustion, coal-flue gas testing site in the country. The work that the teams competing in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE are doing is invaluable as we continue to move the needle forward on advanced carbon technologies and find real-world solutions to capturing carbon emissions,” said Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA). WIA is the managing entity for the ITC.


The five teams that will be coming to the ITC are:
  • Breathe (Bangalore, India) – Led by Dr. Sebastian Peter, the team is producing methanol, a common fuel and petrochemical feedstock, using a novel catalyst.
  • C4X (Suzhou, China) – Led by Dr. Wayne Song and Dr. Yuehui Li, the team is producing chemicals and bio-composite foamed plastics.
  • Carbon Capture Machine (Aberdeen, Scotland) – Led by Dr. Mohammed Imbabi, the team is producing solid carbonates with applications to building materials.
  • CarbonCure (Dartmouth, Canada) – Led by Jennifer Wagner, the team is producing stronger, greener concrete.
  • Carbon Upcycling UCLA (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – Led by Dr. Gaurav Sant, the team is producing building materials that absorb CO2 during the production process to replace concrete.



About the ITC


The ITC is a public-private partnership designed to foster the next generation of energy technology. The ITC will provide space for researchers to test Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies using actual coal-based flue gas from the Dry Fork Station near Gillette.

In 2014, with the support and encouragement of Governor Matt Mead, the Wyoming State Legislature allocated $15 million in funding for the design, construction and operation of an integrated test center to study the capture, sequestration and management of carbon emissions from a Wyoming coal-based power plant. An additional $5 million commitment from private industry was required under the appropriation, which has since been secured from the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in addition to $1 million pledged from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Basin Electric Power Cooperative is providing additional in-kind contributions including engineering and construction management services at the Dry Fork Station host site, which is jointly owned by Basin Electric and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency.
The ITC is slated to be one of a handful of such facilities around the world and only the second one in the United States. While many carbon capture technologies are being developed and studied in laboratory settings, the ITC will be one of the few research and testing facilities at an operating coal-fired powered plant. The ITC will allow for real world testing at an active power plant and alleviates typical concerns over being able to transfer technology from a lab to a plant.