Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year (REMEDY)

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

REMEDY (Reducing Emissions of Methane Every day of the Year) is a 3-year, $35MM research program to reduce methane emissions from three sources in the oil, gas, and coal value chain. The goal is to reverse the rate of accumulation of methane in the atmosphere, decrease atmospheric methane concentration, and thus ameliorate climate change. The target sources are:

  • 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.

These sources are responsible for at least 10% of US anthropogenic methane emissions.

The REMEDY program seeks highly replicable system-level technical solutions that achieve an overall methane conversion of 99.5%, reduce net greenhouse gas emissions > 87% on a life-cycle basis, have a levelized cost of carbon less than $40/ton CO2e, and address techno-economic issues related to commercialization. Systems must incorporate technologies that can operate at lean- and ultra-lean methane concentrations integrated with sensors and/or control algorithms to quantify emission reduction and ensure consistent operation. Stage 1 of the program will be used to screen concepts, and projects selected to continue in Stage 2 will confirm metrics in a limited field test or larger, extended-lab-scale test.

The REMEDY program addresses methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and complements programs focused on CO2 reduction. REMEDY metrics will facilitate comparison of methane reduction processes with CO2 reduction processes.[1, 2]

REMEDY augments and extends but will not duplicate existing initiatives focused on methane reduction, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Natural Gas Star program and Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP), the DOE Fossil Energy Flare Reduction program, and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. Recovery or conversion to high-value products is allowed, provided techno-economic and environmental metrics are met.

Deadline for Concept Papers: May 21, 2021

 

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

This FOA is open to U.S. universities, national laboratories, industry and individuals.

ARPA-E is not limiting the number of submissions from Applicants. Applicants may submit more than one application to this FOA, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

Amount Description

ARPA-E expects to make approximately $35 million available for new awards, to be shared between FOAs DE-FOA-0002505 and DE-FOA-0002505, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. ARPA-E anticipates selecting 10-14 Stage 1 teams, and down-selecting 4-7 Stage 2 teams under this FOA. ARPA-E may, at its discretion, issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $1M and $5M in Federal share.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

May 21, 2021