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DOE Selects Projects for $80M Coal FIRST Energy Plant Investment

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The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to award $80 million for four cost-shared projects that will aim to develop electricity and hydrogen energy plant technologies with net-zero carbon emissions. DOE said Wednesday that its Office of Fossil Energy selected four projects under the Coal FIRST program that seeks to eventually design, develop and integrate the sought energy systems.

The projects will cover early-stage research for the development of plants powered by coal, waste plastics, natural gas and biomass. These plants would also exhibit carbon capture, utilization and storage.

Participants will design energy plant systems, evaluate potential host sites, analyze investment cases and conduct studies on system integration. The National Energy Technology Laboratory will provide oversight across these efforts.

The participants are:

  • CONSOL Energy
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • University of Illinois
  • Wabash Valley Resources