The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently said $50 million in funding will be available for two large pilot projects to test potentially groundbreaking coal technologies aimed at increasing performance and efficiency while reducing emissions and costs.
DOE has previously supported the development of technologies focused on improving coal-powered systems, a DOE release said. The department stated that certain approaches show the capability for large-scale progress and consequently the DOE will administer funds through the Office of Fossil Energy to allow exploratory design, construction and operation.
The funding opportunity announcement will accept applicants with proven technical success on a small-scale platform; the financial support requires a cost share of at least 20 percent on the part of candidates, the release said. DOE has posted further details on its grants website; applicants may submit proposals until Oct. 19.