The US Department of Energy issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement of USD 35 million through the Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) for a programme focused on developing technologies to reduce methane emissions in the oil, gas, and coal industries.
ARPA-E’s “Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year” (REMEDY) program will specifically address three target methane production sources in the oil, gas, and coal value chain:
- Exhaust from natural gas-fired lean-burn engines used to drive compressors, generate electricity, and increasingly repower ships;
- Flares required for safe operation of oil and gas facilities; and
- Coal mine ventilation air methane (VAM) exhausted from operating underground mines.
REMEDY seeks to directly address the more than 50,000 engines, 300,000 flares, and 250 mine shafts that are producing methane emissions.
REMEDY aims to develop highly-replicable technologies that work to decrease methane emissions across the oil, gas and coal energy generation industries, and directly address challenges related to commercialization of the technologies themselves. Potential projects should be able to operate in generation spaces where very-low methane concentrations are common, for integration into complete oil, gas and coal generation systems that can quantify emission reductions while ensuring consistent system operations.