Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $3 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) to develop technology that reduces air pollution and recycles carbon waste.
“This new federal funding will invest in innovative new technologies that can improve air quality in our communities for the good of public health and of our environment,” the lawmakers said. “We are excited for UMCES and the opportunities this project creates, especially as we continue to advance solutions that help reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change in Maryland.”
The delegation supports legislative efforts to put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is pleased to receive this prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for research on harnessing the power of algae to remove carbon dioxide from a power plant,” said President Peter Goodwin. “Along with UMCES’ partners, HY-TEK Bio and Argonne National Laboratory, the outcome of this project will be a scalable and deployable system in which the algae sequester carbon from flue gases. Innovations like these may prove to be a game-changer for Maryland and the nation to meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and ultimately move toward carbon neutrality.”
The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is a strategic alliance involving scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the University of Maryland Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Among 11 projects funded nationwide, this project aims to create a carbon-negative system from CO2 sequestration from power plant flue gases, leading to a scalable and deployable carbon-neutral bioreactor system. The award comes from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carbon Utilization Program, which funds the development and testing of technologies to utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from power systems or other industrial sources. Federal funding will be coupled with $750,002 in local match funding.