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DOE to Allot $64M for Cost-Shared Coal Tech Projects

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The Department of Energy is investing $64M in cost-shared projects on the development of new coal power plant technologies.

A new funding opportunity announcement, titled Critical Components for Coal Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative Power Plants of the Future, would support research and development of coal-based approaches that support the U.S. energy grid, DOE said Friday.

“The evolving U.S. energy mix requires cleaner, more reliable and highly efficient plants,” said Steven Winberg, assistant secretary for fossil energy.

DOE will seek projects on power plant concepts, critical components and coal-fired systems under the program's seven areas of interest.

The program will tackle pressurized fluidized bed combustion, direct and indirect supercritical carbon dioxide power plants, gasification-based poly-generation, coal-fired direct injection combustion and flameless and modular pressurized oxy-combustion.

“Coal is a critical resource for grid stability that will be used in developing countries around the world well into the future as they build their economies,” said Dan Brouillette, secretary of energy.

The department plans to pursue 14 projects under the effort.