An international competition underway in Wyoming has pushed back its deadline by several months. The $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition has five competitors located around the world; each tasked with developing a technology that can turn carbon dioxide into a valuable product. Soon, all groups will be set up and demonstrate their technologies at the Integrated Test Center (ITC) near the Dry Fork Station in Gillette.
A $7.5 million competition to develop products out of carbon dioxide is less than a year away from its final stage. The NRG Cosia Carbon XPRIZE competition will take place at the Integrated Test Center outside of Gillette. Five teams are nearing the point where they can set up operations. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim speaks with Marcius Extavour about how teams are progressing and what's still to come.
Hundreds of train cars overflowing with coal extend alongside a road. Trucks haul the same energy resource in a large pit on the other side of the road. The highway is outside of Gillette, Wyoming, commonly called the coal capital of the U.S.