WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) a $6 million grant to lead a carbon capture and utilization project. The project aims to improve infrastructure by establishing a “Tri-State Institute of Manufacturing” to advance carbon capture, utilization, and storage technology.
“Louisiana is a leader in energy and innovation and ULL’s cutting edge research is leading the way. This is an investment in the future of energy that reaffirms Louisiana’s place out front,” said Dr. Cassidy.
ULL will collaborate with West Virginia University’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, University of New Mexico, and New Mexico State University to develop innovative manufacturing processes to advance carbon capture and utilization. The proposed research will employ the development of three cutting-edge technologies that will: (i) capture CO2 while producing electricity, (ii) utilize CO2 in storing energy, and (iii) convert CO2 to high-value chemicals. It will also focus on the development of scalable technologies.
ULL continues to be a national leader in innovation. In addition to today’s announcement, ULL was awarded $1 million in July from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance clean hydrogen technologies through the develop high-performance metal-supported solid oxide electrolysis cells and innovative diagnostic methodologies to achieve net-zero or negative emissions.