Department of Energy Selects Nine Fossil Technology Projects for Funding

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory have selected nine projects to receive $6.5 million in funding as part of the first phase of the Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots funding opportunity announcement.

This FOA, issued in August 2017, is a $50 million funding opportunity for projects supporting cost-shared research and development to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots to demonstrate transformational coal technologies.

DOE has supported a range of potentially transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step-change improvements in coal-powered systems. Some of these technologies are now ready to proceed to the large-scale pilot stage of development. The selections announced today have demonstrated technical success at the small-scale pilot stage.

The three phases include feasibility studies, with team commitments, preliminary cost estimates and schedules. Phase two, design, will have projects complete a front-end engineering design study and complete the National Environmental Policy Act process. Phase three will select to projects for construction and operation in large scale.

The nine winners for phase one include:

·      Feasibility Study for 10 MW Coal Direct Chemical Looping Large Pilot Plant Demonstration at the Dover Light & Power Plant in Dover, Ohio by Babcock & Wilcox Company

·      Large Pilot Testing of Linde/BASF Advanced Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Technology at a Coal-Fired Power Plant by the Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois

·      Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Primary Power Large-Scale Pilot Plant by Echogen Power Systems

·      Transformational Reduction Using Sealing Technology in LCOE for Coal-Based Power Plants by GE and GE Global Research

·      Large Pilot Testing of the MTR Membrane Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Process by Membrane Technology and Research Inc.

·      Flameless Pressurized Oxy-Combustion Large Pilot Design, Construction, and Operation by Southwest Research Institute

·      Making Coal Relevant for Small Scale Applications: Modular Gasification for Syngas/Engine Combined Heat and Power Applications in Challenging Environments by the University of Alaska Fairbanks

·      UKy-CAER Heat-integrated Transformative CO2 Capture Process for Pulverized Coal Power Plants by the University of Kentucky Research Foundation’s Center for Applied Energy Research

·      Scale-Up of Coal-Based Supercritical CO2 Cycle Technology by the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center

For more information about the projects and cost breakdowns, visit the Department of Energy.