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DOE to award up to $3M for cost-effective low-concentration CO2 capture or conversion for coal-relevant applications

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0001342) for cost-effective CO2capture or conversion solutions for coal-relevant applications at low concentrations. Proposed technologies should mitigate CO2 from coal-relevant gases with CO2 concentrations of <1 vol% at the lab-scale (or larger if the work can be done within the prescribed budget), on simulated gas.

Applications will need to demonstrate that a current Technology Readiness Level of 3 (i.e., active research and development initiated, including analytical and lab-scale studies) has been achieved, while also highlighting the size and relevance of the targeted low concentration market.

Technology proposed in this topic area may include, but is not limited to:

  • coal-relevant lifecycle GHG emissions such as those from mining operations;

  • approaches that are part of hybrid CO2 capture/conversion process and CO2 “polishing” steps that address the lower concentrations of residual CO2 resulting from less than 100% capture.

Projects will have a duration of up to three (3) years and shall be comprised of multiple budget periods; the duration for any budget period shall not exceed eighteen (18) months. Total funding is anticipated to be $3 million, with at least 20% cost-share. DOE anticipates making two awards under this FOA.

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