US provides $50m for cleaner coal tech

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $50 million (£38.8m) of funding to improve coal-fired energy systems. The money will ultimately finance large scale pilots to design, construct and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $50 million (£38.8m) of funding to improve coal-fired energy systems.

The money will ultimately finance large scale pilots to design, construct and operate new coal technologies to improve performance and efficiency while reducing emissions and the cost of electricity.

The DOE has previously supported innovations in the area and some are now ready to proceed to the large scale pilot stage of development.

It says applicants to the new funding should have already demonstrated technical success at a small scale pilot stage and a 20% financial input is required.

The process will involve three phases – the first stage will assess feasibility, secure team commitments and funds, estimate cost and draw up a schedule.

The second design phase will complete an engineering design study and the third phase will support construction and operation of two final facilities.

Earlier this year President Donald Trump overturned a law preventing coal waste from being dumped in streams and rivers.