DOE funds target coal research, development

Published on September 24, 2019 by Douglas Clark

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded an allotment of $56.5 million to 32 entities for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects to advance coal technologies.

The effort advances the agency’s commitment to strengthening clean coal technologies and covering topics including carbon capture, utilization and storage; rare earth element recovery; coal to products; crosscutting coal R&D; steam turbine efficiency; and advanced materials.

“The Department of Energy is committed to advancing technologies that will allow us to meet our energy needs in an environmentally responsible way,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said. “We will continue our commitment to investing in research, development, and demonstration initiatives to drive these innovative clean coal technologies forward.”

The first funding opportunity award is for $10 million for ten projects under Maximizing the Coal Value Chain. The second funding opportunity award is for $11.9 million for two projects under Advancing Steam Turbines for Coal Boilers.

The third funding opportunity award is for $9.3 million for ten projects under Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants, and the fourth funding opportunity award is for $5 million for five projects under Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants.

The fifth funding opportunity award saw three projects selected to receive up to $15 million under Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements and Critical Materials Recovery from U.S. Coal-Based Resources. The sixth funding opportunity award was given to two projects that will receive $5.3 million under Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface.

A full list of the selected projects and their descriptions can be found on the DOE website.