Heartland Greenway is the sum of its parts. We are engineers, environmentalists, innovators, and a community of people who are working together towards a common goal. We are believers in the Midwest and its place at the forefront of agriculture.
Just as we generate power or transport clean drinking water, carbon capture is a vital part of our infrastructure ecosystem. It’s what prevents excess carbon from being released into the air, what sustains corn markets, and what keeps the Midwest economy viable. Carbon capture has been advanced or funded by the following organizations:
We recognize that achieving carbon neutrality is essential for a sustainable future, and we are leading the way by incorporating carbon capture as part of the agricultural process.
Agriculture has long been the heart and soul of the Midwest. Our goal is to keep it that way. Heartland Greenway can boost the Midwest economy by incorporating carbon capture as part of corn and ethanol processing. The result is renewable fuels, a value-added price on corn, and allows the Midwest to reap the economic advantages.
At Heartland Greenway, we don’t just capture carbon, we put it to good use. We are among the first large CCUS projects in the US to prioritize reusing captured carbon, supporting industries that need it, and paving the way for a more sustainable future.
With the worldwide goal of achieving net neutrality by 2050, everyone from Midwest farmers and the biofuel industry to over 200 countries have set their own carbon reduction goals. Yet, multiple experts agree — we can’t do it without Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS).
Heartland Greenway will reach industrial customers in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Over 1,300 miles of new liquid CO2 pipeline, buried underground.
Collaboration and partnership are key to achieving success and making a real impact. We build trust and create long-term relationships by being straightforward and open about our processes.
We leverage cutting-edge technologies and innovative techniques to solve complex agricultural and environmental challenges, to drive progress and growth in the Midwest.
By prioritizing a commitment to conscientious actions, we put the safety and well-being of our team, partners, and communities first.
Partnering with companies, associations, and organizations across the heartland to make the Midwest proud.
Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about carbon capture, from process and benefits to impact and implementation.
CO2 or carbon dioxide, is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the Earth’s atmosphere. It is formed during the process of respiration and combustion, and plays an important role in the Earth’s carbon cycle. In recent years, CO2 emissions from human activities has continued to grow globally, and with growing attention to climate and carbon intensity, many industries are looking for ways to manage their CO2.
Carbon sequestration has the potential to impact our collective carbon footprint by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in geological formations or other long-term storage solutions. By capturing and storing CO2 emissions from industrial processes, power plants, and other sources, carbon sequestration can significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses that are released into the atmosphere.
Carbon capture technology is widely considered an effective method for capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes, power plants, and other sources. Once captured, the CO2 can be compressed and transported to storage sites for long-term storage in geological formations or other suitable locations. When implemented properly, carbon capture has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. However, it is important to note that while carbon capture is effective at capturing and storing CO2, it is not a standalone solution to the problem of global warming and must be used in conjunction with other strategies to achieve deep and rapid emissions reductions.
Carbon capture pipelines are one of the safest methods of transportation when they are designed, built, operated, and maintained according to industry standards and best practices. These pipelines are subject to stringent regulations and safety protocols to ensure that they do not pose any harm to people or the environment. Pipeline systems for carbon capture and storage are designed with multiple layers of protection, including corrosion-resistant coatings, pressure monitoring, and emergency shutdown systems. Additionally, carbon capture pipelines are often located away from densely populated areas, sensitive ecosystems, and critical water resources to further minimize the risk of accidents or incidents.
Carbon capture technology has been developed over several decades, with the first large-scale demonstration project dating back to the 1970s. However, the concept of carbon capture has been around for much longer, with early research on CO2 capture and storage dating back to the early 20th century. In recent years, significant progress has been made in the development and deployment of carbon capture technology, particularly in response to the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.
CO2 is typically transported in pipelines as a compressed gas or a supercritical fluid. The CO2 is compressed which reduces its volume and allows it to be transported efficiently through the pipeline. The pipelines used for CO2 transport are designed to withstand high pressures and are made of steel. In addition to compression, the CO2 is dehydrated and treated to remove impurities before transportation to ensure that it meets industry standards. During transport, the pipeline is monitored closely for leaks or other issues that could pose a safety or environmental risk. Once the CO2 reaches its destination, it can be utilized for a variety of commercial and industrial purposes or stored for long-term sequestration.