Belleuve-based Ramgen Power Systems will receive a $30 million grant from the Department of Energy to further develop the company's Supersonic Shock Wave Compression and Engine Technology.
Over the past few years, Ramgen has shown that its advanced compression system can compress carbon dioxide that can then be pumped into the ground, a process known as Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS). The funding will help expand Ramgen’s R & D by exploring the potential benefits of incorporating their supersonic compression technology into an engine and if it can be scaled up for other CCS purposes.
The grant is part of $575 million in funding for 22 different projects in 15 states that will accelerate carbon capture and storage research and development for industrial sources. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which Washington's Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Jay Inslee played key roles in passing.
“To create jobs in Washington state we have to invest in ingenuity in Washington state,” Murray said. “This funding will help our state stay on the cutting edge of research and development and create family-wage jobs for programmers, technicians, analysts, machinists, and other critical support staff.”
- Bellevue Reporter