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Department of Energy announces $87 million for coal research & development projects

April 11, 2019
Source: ASM International

The U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, announces up to $87.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects for advanced coal technologies and research.


“The goal with these projects is to ensure that the United States can have a fleet of coal-fired power plants that provides stable power generation with operational flexibility, high efficiency, low emissions, and lower costs for consumers,” said Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg. “By investing in this R&D, we will enable the United States to continue maximizing its domestic energy resources while protecting our supply of reliable and affordable electricity.”


The R&D projects for coal-fueled power plants and technologies fall under five separate funding opportunity announcements (FOAs):


  1. Advancing Steam Turbine Performance for Coal Boilers: This FOA seeks to improve the performance of steam-based power cycles, resulting in a lower cost of electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour for coal-fueled boilers. DOE Funding: Up to $22 million


  1. Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface: This FOA seeks to reduce uncertainty and enable real-time decision making associated with subsurface carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. DOE Funding: Up to $4.8 million


  1. Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants: This FOA aims to develop innovative technologies that will enhance the performance and economics of the existing and future coal fleet—thereby lowering electricity costs for consumers.  DOE Funding: Up to $14.5 million


  1. Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants: This FOA will reduce the cost and enhance the cyclic durability of materials used in advanced ultrasupercritical power plants. These advanced materials are critical to increasing the efficiency and reliability of coal-fueled power plants.  DOE Funding: Up to $26 million


  1. Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from Coal-Based Resources: This FOA will support cooperative agreements to advance the development of technologies for recovery REEs and CMs from domestic coal-based resources through both novel and conventional extraction, separation, and recovery processes. DOE Funding: Up to $20 million


Subject Classifications

Industries and Applications | Fossil Fuel Power

Materials Properties and Performance | Corrosion

Materials Properties and Performance | Physical Properties

Materials Properties and Performance | Thermal Properties

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