Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) has established the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization. The consortium will foster work to explore co-combustion of coal with biomass or combustion of coal in pure oxygen, both of which can lead to reductions in carbon emissions. Other studies of approaches to carbon capture and storage also will be a part of the consortium’s work.
The new consortium will receive support in the form of research partnership commitments of $5 million each from Arch Coal and Peabody Energy and $2 million from Ameren, to be paid over five years.
The biomass aspects of the research of the consortium will help to address Missouri’s mandate that renewables constitute a fraction of the source of electricity generated in the state.
The consortium will operate under the umbrella of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), which the University established in June 2007.
The University also will announce the establishment of the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization at a news conference 8 December in Hong Kong at the Second International Symposium on Energy & Environment, organized by WUSTL’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy.