WASHINGTON, August 30, 2017 - The Energy Department announced the availability of a $50 million funding opportunity through the Office of Fossil Energy to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots for transformational coal technologies that improve coal-powered systems’ performance, efficiency, emission reduction, and cost of electricity.                            

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. Applicants to this new FOA should have already demonstrated technical success at a small-scale pilot stage, and a 20 percent minimum cost share on total award values is required.

The funding opportunity will involve three phases. The first phase, feasibility, will support efforts to secure team commitments; update the preliminary cost estimate and schedule for design, construction, and operation; secure construction/operation cost-share funding; and complete an environmental information volume. The design is considered in phase two, in which selected projects will complete a front-end engineering design study, and complete the National Environmental Policy Act process. Phase three involves construction and operation, wherein the final two projects will be chosen to support construction and operation of the large-scale pilot facilities.

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