Battelle Memorial Institute and Catahoula Resources LLC have agreed to partner to manage carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced from ethanol facilities in Nebraska. 


Houston-based Catahoula, and Allentown, PA-based Battelle plan to investigate solutions for the capture, transport, and sequestration of CO2 emissions from ethanol.The two plan to design and construct several low-cost storage options either onsite or near existing ethanol plants in Nebraska, the second largest ethanol-producing state in the nation.

According to Battelle, studies have demonstrated that Nebraska ethanol producers would benefit from nearby low-cost storage options, which would eliminate the need for additional pipeline expenses as well as the unpredictability of out-of-state CO2 delivery storage networks. 

“Catahoula’s ability to move quickly and deliver large energy projects cost effectively fits well with Battelle’s technical expertise and ability to minimize and manage long term subsurface storage risk through the injection phase and until closure,” said Battelle Executive Vice President Matt Vaughn, who handles Contract Research.

Battelle said it has one of the largest carbon-storage-specific team in the industry. Battelle also manages or co-manages seven of the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories and one laboratory for the Department of Homeland Security.