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DOE Invests $56Mn in Coal Technology Projects (R&D, Funding)
US DOE,DOE Office of Fossil Energy
Date: 2019-09-23
The U.S. DOE is announcing 32 winners for $56.5 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects for advanced coal technologies and research under six separate funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). The projects further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening clean coal technologies and cover a range of topics, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage; rare earth element recovery; coal to products; crosscutting coal R&D; steam turbine efficiency; and advanced materials. The awards are as follows:
  • $10 million for ten projects under DE-FOA-0001992, Maximizing the Coal Value Chain. The projects will develop innovative uses of domestic coal for upgraded coal-based feedstocks used to produce power and make steel and for producing high-value products from coal or coal by-products.

  • $11.9 million under DE-FOA-0001996, Advancing Steam Turbines for Coal Boilers. The two projects selected under this FOA seek to improve the performance of steam-based power cycles, resulting in lower cost electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour from coal fueled boilers.

  • $9.3 million for ten projects under DE-FOA-0002001, Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants. This effort supports DOE's Crosscutting Research Program, which develops technologies that can be applied to a range of fossil energy uses.

  • $5 million under DE-FOA-0002002, Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants. DOE selected five projects to support its Crosscutting Research program, which fosters the development and deployment of innovative systems for improving efficiency and environmental performance.

  • 3 projects will receive up to $15 million under DE-FOA-0002003, Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from United States Coal-Based Resources.

  • 2 projects will receive $5.3 million under DE-FOA-0001998, Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface. This award seeks to reduce uncertainty of and enable real-time decision-making associated with subsurface carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. The selected projects support DOE's Carbon Storage Research Program by improving characterization and prediction of subsurface fluid movement and enhancing real-time measurement of critical subsurface properties.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)will manage the selected projects. (Source: US DOE, 20 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  NETL,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  US DOE,  


  • DOE Announces $87Mn for Coal R&D Projects (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-15
    In the nation's capitol, the U.S. DOE has announced up to $87.3 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects for advanced coal technologies. In 2017, coal was the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the United States.

    The R&D projects for coal-fueled power plants and technologies include the following separate funding opportunities:

  • Advancing Steam Turbine Performance for Coal Boilers -- This FOA seeks to improve the performance of steam-based power cycles, resulting in a lower cost of electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour for coal-fueled boilers. This FOA also includes an area of interest for conceptual engineering design for steam turbines in the 50 -- 350 MW range in support of DOE's Coal FIRST initiative. DOE's Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Advanced Turbines Program will support these projects. DOE Funding: Up to $22 million

  • Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface -- This FOA seeks to reduce uncertainty and enable real-time decision making associated with subsurface carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. FE's Carbon Storage Research Program will support these projects. Read more details about this FOA here. Up to $4.8 million is available.

  • Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants -- This FOA aims to develop innovative technologies that will enhance the performance and economics of the existing and future coal fleet thereby lowering electricity costs for consumers. FE's Crosscutting Research Program will support these projects. Up to $14.5 million funding available.

  • Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants -- This FOA will reduce the cost and enhance the cyclic durability of materials used in advanced ultrasupercritical power plants. These advanced materials are critical to increasing the efficiency and reliability of coal-fueled power plants. FE's Advanced Materials Program will support these projects. Up to $26 million available.

  • Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from Coal-Based Resources -- This FOA will support cooperative agreements to advance the development of technologies for recovery REEs and CMs from domestic coal-based resources through both novel and conventional extraction, separation, and recovery processes. FE's Feasibility of Recovering Rare Earth Elements Program will support these projects. Up to $20 million available.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage all of the selected projects.

    Download details HERE. ( Source: US DOE, April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, Sec. of Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, Assist. Sec., www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  


  • Saudi Arabia Moves to Mitigate Carbon Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Saudi Arabia, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) reports the development of its first nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord aiming to avoid up to 130 million tpy of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 2030. The country's power and water sectors together account for more than 40 pct of the kingdom's greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to KAPSARC, a continuation of current policies is expected to increase power sector emissions in 2030 by 70 pct over 2015 levels. Rationalising costs of fuel inputs is critical to driving large CO2 emissions reductions and providing a net economic benefit to the Saudi Arabian economy. In its calculations, KAPSARC evaluates alternative scenarios in terms of their practical implications on Saudi Arabia's CO2 emissions, electric power production, fuel consumption, investments and cost-effectiveness, as well as on the kingdom's oil exports and revenues. The suggested policy approaches include:

  • A portfolio standard that requires up to 50 GW of solar, wind and nuclear technology deployment;
  • A clean energy standard that simulates a set of national policies that reduce the carbon intensity of electricity and water production;
  • A partial fuel price reform, where fuel prices are gradually raised to about half of international price levels by 2030; and
  • A full fuel price reform where fuel prices are raised to international levels.

    Under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, solar energy would account for 25 pct of the emirate's energy supply requirements, nuclear 7 pct, clean coal 7 pct and natural gas 61 pct by 2030, with an extended goal to increase solar to 75 pct by 2050. (Source: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Middle East Technical Review, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Adam Sieminski, Pres., +966 11 225 1064, info@kapsarc.org, www.kapsarc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • Trump's EPA to Axe Obama Coal-Fired Power Plant Rules (Ind. Report)
    US EPA
    Date: 2018-12-10
    In Washingtom, it is being widely reported that the Trump administration will scrap an Obama-era mandate that new coal-fired power plants be equipped with carbon-capture and storage (CCS) technology. According to the EPA, CCS technology hasn't "adequately demonstrated" it effectiveness as challenged by Murray Energy Corp. and coal industry associations.

    The Obama administration 2015 regulation imposed CO2 limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants that could not be met without installing some kind of carbon-capture technology. The Trump EPA proposed replacement would reportedly raise allowable CO2 emissions from new and modified coal power plants without employing CCS technology while ensuring utilities use other advanced technologies to ensure coal is burned cleanly and efficiently.

    Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states -- nearly 40 pct of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Bloomberg, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, www.energyandpolicy.org/american-coalition-clean-coal-electricity

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Coal,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Trump's EPA Axing Obama Coal-Fired Power Plant Rules (Ind. Report)
    Trump
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Washington, it is being widely reported that the Trump administration will scrap an Obama-era mandate that new coal-fired power plants be equipped with carbon-capture and storage (CCS) technology. According to the EPA, CCS technology hasn't "adequately demonstrated" it effectiveness as challenged by Murray Energy Corp. and coal industry associations.

    The Obama administration 2015 regulation imposed CO2 limits on new and modified coal-fired power plants that could not be met without installing some kind of carbon-capture technology. The Trump EPA proposed replacement would reportedly raise allowable CO2 emissions from new and modified coal power plants without employing CCS technology while ensuring utilities use other advanced technologies to ensure coal is burned cleanly and efficiently. Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states -- nearly 40 pct of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Bloomberg, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, www.energyandpolicy.org/american-coalition-clean-coal-electricity; EPA, Office of Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Peabody Energy Increases Clean Coal Consortium Support (Funding)
    Peabody Energy
    Date: 2018-08-31
    St. Louis-based coal giant Peabody Energy has reportedly donated an additional $1.5 million for a total of $6.5 million since 2008, to the Washington University Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU), of which Peabody is a founding member.

    The CCCU aims to make coal a safer and more affordable source of energy, with minimal impact on the environment. Donations fund new research projects, facilities, and outreach activities involving clean coal. The research projects are conducted by faculty from both Washington University and international partner universities. In total, the program has completed 24 research projects, 114 peer-reviewed papers and one book.

    The CCCU is a part of the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), which was established in 2007 as a larger effort to coordinate research on energy, environment, and sustainability.

    According to Peabody Director of Corporate Communications Charlene Murdock, "Coal remains an essential part of the world' energy mix, and technologies are central to continuing to reduce the emissions profile." Murdock adds that "Peabody is dedicated to reducing emissions." (Source: Washington State University, Peabody Energy, Student Life, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: CCCU, Richard Axelbaum, Dir., cleancoal.wustl.edu; Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Travis Snyder (314) 342-4351, www.peabodyenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peabody Energy,  Clean Coal,  ,  


    New EPA Administrator Wheeler Touting Trump's "Affordable Clean Energy Rule" (Reg & Leg)
    Coal,Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2018-08-27
    Greg Pruitt's replacement at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler has been making the rounds in Kentucky coal country touting President Donald Trump's Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a new plan aimed at aiding the beleaguered coal industry.

    Trump's proposal aims to replace the Obama administration's signature effort to slow global warming by limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. To that end, Trump's plan broadly increases each individual state's authority to decide how to regulate coal plants, the reasoning being that states that are heavily into coal and other fossil fuels will legislate favorably toward its fossil fuel industries.

    Even so, Wheeler claims carbon emissions would continue decreasing under Trump's plan, albeit, not as quickly as under Obama's plan which Trump claims was tantamount to a "war on Coal." The Trump administration has acknowledged that the increased emissions from aging coal plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the U.S. billions of dollars. (Source: Various Media, LEX 18, 25 Aug., 2018) Contact: EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_R._Wheeler

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Clean Coal,  Clean Power Plan,  Trump,  


    Kids Climate Change Lawsuit Dismissed (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-17
    Following up on our August 1st coverage, in Washingto State, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott on Tuesday ruled against group of young climate advocates who sued the state in an effort to force it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In his ruling, Scott said "anthropogenic climate change caused by increased greenhouse gas emissions poses severe threats to our environment and requires urgent governmental action." Even so, the judge ruled that the state's constitution doesn't include a right to a clean environment, as the plaintiffs had argued.

    With the ruling, his Honor basically said Good Luck, wished the kids well, and told them to keep up the good work!

    The case revolves around a suit filed against the U.S. federal government during the Obama administration by a group of young people who claimed that "a world where climate disaster isn't rampant is guaranteed by the constitution." Specifically, the plaintiffs want a consumption-based inventory of U.S. carbon emissions, an enforceable plan to stop climate change, and a complete end to the Energy Policy Act and the idea of "clean coal. (Source: Various Media, Inside Climate News, 15 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    21 Climate Kids to Get Their Day in Court (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-01
    Following up on our 18 July coverage -- Trump Seeks Court Protection from 21 Kid's Climate Lawsuit -- the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Juliana v. United States, a landmark climate case should go to trial.

    The case revolves around a suit filed against the U.S. federal government during the Obama administration by a group of young people who claimed that a world where climate disaster isn't rampant is guaranteed by the constitution.

    Specifically, the plaintiffs want a consumption-based inventory of U.S. carbon emissions, an enforceable plan to stop climate change, and a complete end to the Energy Policy Act and the idea of "clean coal."

    As previously reported, President Donald Trump has been trying to kill the case but the court ruled against the President saying: "The Government's request for relief is premature and is denied without prejudice. The breadth of respondents' claims is striking, however, and the justiciability of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion. The District Court should take these concerns into account in assessing the burdens of discovery and trial, as well as the desirability of a prompt ruling on the Government's pending dispositive motions." The lawsuit was originally launched in 2015 against then-President Barack Obama who, like the Donald, hoped it would simply fade away. (Source: Various Media, Earther, 30 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate change,  Trump,  


    ALLETE Unloading Thunder Spirit Wind Phase 2 (Ind. Report, M&A)
    ALLETE Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-03-05
    Duluth, Minnesota-based ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc. reports it will sell the 48-MW phase two of the Thunder Spirit wind farm near Hettinger, North Dakota to Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) for approximately $85 million. The deal, which has been approved by the ND PSC, is expected to close before the year end.

    The 107-MW first phase of Thunder Spirit incorporates 43 turbines and generates sufficient power for approximately 30,000 homes.

    ALLETE Clean Energy owns and operates approximately 535 MW of wind energy generation at facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania. The company was established in 2011 to acquire and develop capital projects to create energy solutions by way of wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas, shale resources, clean coal technology and other emerging technologies. (Source: ALLETE Clean Energy, PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, Allan S. Rudeck Jr., Pres., , Vince Meyer, IR, (218) 723-3952, vmeyer@allete.com, www.allete.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALLETE Clean Energy,  Wind,  


    West Virginia Extends CCS Tax Credits Beyond Coal (Red & Leg)

    Date: 2018-02-21
    In West Virginia, a recently passed and signed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 includes the Furthering Carbon Capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground Storage, and Reduced Emissions (FUTURE) Act which extends and expands the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credits for the first time to industries and companies other than the coal-fired power plants the original 2008 45Q tax credits originally benefited.

    Now the tax credits are available to any industrial facility at which carbon capture equipment is installed and which captures at least 500,000 metric tpy of CO2. There are currently only a handful of projects that have been built to take advantage of 45Q and only 17 large scale CO2 capture projects worldwide. This expansion can help the next wave of investments in CO2 capture projects. (Source: WV News, 18 Feb., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Can DOE ARPA-E Survive The Donald's Budget Cuts? (Ind. Report)
    ARPA-E
    Date: 2018-02-16
    An addendum to President Trump's proposed budget submitted a $1.5 billion increase to the DOE budget -- $1.2 billion of which is earmarked for research into the country's "energy future." Unfortunately, only $120 million of that "energy future" funding is earmarked for research into sustainable transportation, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies while the absurdity of clean coal will receive $200 million in funding.

    While the administration's 2018 proposal ensures the DOE's overall budget remains unchanged, it would cut the $305 million required to keep the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) afloat.

    Since its founding in 2009, ARPA-E has provided funding for projects that develop solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, energy storage, carbon capture and other crucial technologies and projects. (Source: Various Media, Futurism, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ARPA-E,  Trump Budget,  Renewable Energy,  


    Here’s What Trump’s New Budget Means for Renewable Energy

    Date: 2018-02-15
    As expected, the Trump administration's new budget slashes programs funding renewable energy research, allocating far more money to clean coal development. Cutting Costs The Trump administration’s latest budget proposal released on February 12, 2018 could have major consequences for the future of renewable energy in the U.S. If Congress approves the budget, it would cut the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s funding by more than half, and completely elimination of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. ARPA-E is a program that issues grants to energy startups from across the country. The program was nearly discontinued in 2017, but Congress awarded it an additional $15 million that ensured its survival for another year


    Notable Quotes on Clean Coal
    Sierra Club
    Date: 2018-02-07
    "The phrase 'clean coal' is a made-up branding slogan. It is not real. Nothing can make a coal plant clean." -- Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club.

    "Right now, clean energy jobs already overwhelm dirty fuels in nearly every state across America, and that growth is only going to continue as clean energy keeps getting more affordable and accessible by the day." -- Michael Brune, Exec Dir., Sierra Club Contact: Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org/michael-brune

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CLean Coal,  Coal,  Sierra Club,  


    CCTI says Clean Coal Test Project Set for Wyoming ((Ind. Report)
    Clean Coal Technologies
    Date: 2017-12-20
    New York City-headquartered Clean Coal Technologies Inc. (CCTI) reports it is constructing a clean-coal burning test facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will move the unit to the Powder River Basin area of northeastern Wyoming in late January, 2018. According to CCTI, the unit is 'the world's first commercially viable and scalable coal dehydration technology" designed to upgrade the Btu content of lower-ranking coal "through the extraction of volatile material in liquid form," thus producing a "cleaner burning, dry coal." The unit is expected to process about 30 tpd of coal when fully operational in late 2019. CCTI is presently seeking the necessary Wyoming regulatory approvals.

    According to the CCTI website: "CCTI's process is designed to reduce moisture in coal and still leave it stable and safe, while also increasing its energy output above that of untreated coal. Dried coal can self-combust when it reabsorbs moisture; solving that problem has been key to making the technology commercially viable. CCTI says its refined product is safe and produces fewer emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), when burned." (Source: Clean Coal Technologies, Power, 18 Dec., 2017) Contact: Clean Coal Technologies Inc., Robin Eves, CEO, www.cleancoaltechnologiesinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Coal Giant Honors Clean Coal Tech. Leadership (Ind. Report)
    Peabody Energy
    Date: 2017-12-08
    In St. Louis, Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company, is reporting the issuance of its Fourth Annual Peabody Global Clean Coal Leadership Awards. The awards recognize the cleanest coal plants in the world and shine a light on the environmental progress being made to improve emissions through greater use of technology.

    Honors are based on the best environmental performance for reducing key criteria emission rates and carbon dioxide (CO2). Categories include leadership in reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), and improving efficiency as measured by heat rate, which results in a lower carbon footprint. In addition, Peabody recognized a new coal plant and an industry pioneer advancing carbon capture and storage technologies. A distinguished panel of international experts in high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) and carbon capture technologies selected the award recipients following a comprehensive review process.

    "Coal remains an essential part of the energy mix, and technology will continue to play an important role in meeting the world's emissions goals," said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. "Peabody has advocated clean coal technologies for two decades and we are proud to recognize companies that are advancing these technologies to help achieve energy security, economic progress and environmental solutions." (Source: Peabody Energy, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Travis Snyder (314) 342-4351, www.peabodyenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peabody Energy,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable Quote
    Coal
    Date: 2017-11-17
    "Promoting coal at a climate summit (COP23) is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit."

    -- Former NYC Mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg commenting on Trump White House climate advisor George David Banks' promoting clean coal at COP23 conference in Bonn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Michael Bloomberg,  


    Canada, US Differ on Coal, Fossil Fuel Future (Ind. Report)
    COP23
    Date: 2017-11-15
    The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, reports that Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her British counterpart, Claire Perry, will launch an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity at the COP23 conference this week in Bonn.

    McKenna is touting Canada's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including a national carbon pricing plan and federal-provincial moves to shut down traditional coal-fired power by 2030.

    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is proposing an American-led alliance that would encourage developing countries to adopt and invest in more efficient coal plants and stress "the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation." (Source: Globe & Mail, 13 Nov., 2017)Contact: Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.html; Clair Perry-MP, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, (202) 586-5000, https://twitter.com/secretaryperry?lang=en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rick Perry,  COP23,  Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    UK Coal-Fired Power Plant Closures Plan Confirmed (Int'l)
    UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2017-10-13
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is confirming that the UK federal government is proceeding with its plan to phase out unabated coal-fired power stations by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution.

    BEIS reiterated its decision to close coal-fired power plants following lengthy consultations with businesses, trade bodies, interested individuals and other stakeholders, the majority of which felt "there is unlikely to be a significant risk to security of supply from regulating to close unabated coal." Many industry participants concluded that regulation was "not necessarily required to drive the switch away from coal." Many underscored the effectiveness of carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- through the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and UK's Carbon Price Support and the emissions reduction requirements under the Industrial Emissions Directive. The was "little support" for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to be deployed to existing coal plants due to the nascent nature of this technology, high development costs and uncertain timetable for investment. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, SPG Global, Platts, Oct., 2017) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  CCS,  Carbon Tax,  Clean Coal,  EI,  


    MagneGas Seeks Advanced Biofuels Grant for Multi-Fuel Gasification System (Ind. Report)
    MagnaGas
    Date: 2017-10-02
    Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Corporation, a clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, reports it is applying for an innovative grant to produce a multi-fuel gasification system which is small, efficient and cost effective.

    The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.

    MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,  


    Net Power Clean Fossil Energy Demo Underway (Ind. Report)
    Net Power
    Date: 2017-09-29
    Durham, North Carolina-based Net Power reports construction of it's first carbon capture demo facility near Houston, Texas, is underway. The 5-acre, $140 million facility will serve as a testing ground for the Allam Cycle, Net Power's technology that uses a high-pressure, highly recuperative, oxyfuel, supercritical CO2 cycle that makes emissions-free carbon capture part of the core power generation process, rather than an afterthought. Net Power's technology generates low-cost power from fossil fuels with virtually zero-emission, according to the company.

    Net Power aims to license its technology to third parties -- oil and gas companies, power utilities -- and expects the first commercial plant to start its turbines as early as 2021. Net Power was formed by a partnership of 8 Rivers Capital, Exelon and CB&I, (Source: Net Power, Edgy Labs, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Newt Power,  CCS,  Clean Coal,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    CCS Market Worth Over $6Bn by 2024, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Global Market Insights,CCS
    Date: 2017-08-30
    According to a recently released report from Global Market Insights, Inc., the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market will cross $6 billion by 2024, due to the growing demand for carbon technologies to meet 20 degrees C scenario along with strict government regulations to curb carbon footprint.

    Product ability to reduce carbon emission by 85 pct to 90 pct makes CCS adoption preferable to other available alternates while favorable government initiatives to encourage adoption of sustainable technology along with measures to reduce toxic pollutant concentrations will stimulate CCS.

    In the U.S. the 2008 U.S Energy Improvement and Extension Act introduced section 45Q to provide credit of $20 per tonne for storing CO2 in deep water saline formations and $10 per tonne for storing CO2 through enhanced oil recovery. In 2016, the Obama administration funded $90 billion through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act towards strategic clean energy investment and tax credit to promote development of low carbon technologies.

    The report is available from Global Market Insights. www.gminsights.com. (Source: Global Market Insights, World Coal, 29 Aug., 2017)Contact: Global Market Insights, (216) 525-0600, www.gminsights.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Market Insights,  CCS,  Clean Coal,  Coal,  


    Aussie Big Coal Pumps $225Mn into Clean Coal R&D (Int'l, R&D)
    Australia Minerals Council
    Date: 2017-08-18
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian black coal industry reports it will extend its Coal21 Fund for another ten years and invest an addition $255 million in the fund to further clean coal R&D.

    Coal21, which was established in 2006 by the Australian Coal Association now merged into the Minerals Council of Australia, has to date invested $300 million in cleaner coal projects, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) initiatives at the Queensland Callide power plant in Victoria's Otway Basin.

    The Coal21 Fund has also received $550m from the Australian and state governments and coal related industry. The fund is primarily financed by a levy on coal production at Australia's thermal and coking coal mines. Major players include Glencore, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Peabody Energy. (Source: Minerals Council of Australia, The Australian, 16 Aug., 2017) Contact: Australia Minerals Council of Australia , +61 2 6233 0600, www.minerals.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  Australia Coal,  


    Miss. Power Plant Clean Coal Effort Unplugged (Ind. Report)
    Mississippi Power
    Date: 2017-06-30
    Following on our February 8th coverage, Southern Company's Mississippi Power reports it is "immediately suspending start-up and operations activities" at the Kemper Power Plant involving the gasification of coal from a nearby lignite mine. The plant will continue to run on natural gas. The plant was meant to showcase technology to capture carbon dioxide from coal -- aka "clean coal."

    To date, the Kemper project has cost $7.5 billion, but the planned carbon capture and coal gasification technology is $4 billion over budget and three years behind schedule. Southern Company has unloaded Approximately $800 million of the plant's spiraling costs on ratepayers, and the plant has received $382 million in federal Energy Department grants, according to the company. Southern and its Mississippi Power subsidiary has already written off $2.9 billion of the project cost, according to a June 23 Standard and Poor's credit analysis.

    The plant was intended to be the first clean-coal plant of its kind in the U.S. and a model for CCS technology. (Source: St Louis Post Dispatch, 29 June, 2017) Contact: Mississippi Power, Anthony Wilson, Pres., CEO, (855) 693-8326, www.mississippipower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Coal,  CCS,  Mississippi Power,  Southern Company,  Kemper ,  


    The Donald Would Dump "Really Clean Coal" R&D (Funding)
    US EIA,EPA
    Date: 2017-05-26
    In the Trump administration's just released budget proposal, the President's promise of "really clean coal" has been dimmed by a proposed $1.7 billion cut in the agency's budget. To date, the DOE has spent an average of $200 million per year researching ways to capture and store the carbon dioxide emitted when coal is burned to make electricity, with at best limited success. It looks like the dream of "really clean coal" just got a little tougher.

    With the proposed cuts, the agency would focus on basic research and free those technologies to private industry for development and commercialization. (Source: DOE, Bloomberg, Various Media, May 24, 2017)

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    Notable Quote
    Clean Coal,Donald Trump
    Date: 2017-05-26
    "My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We're going to have clean coal, really clean coal," -- Donald Trump, Mar, 2017)

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    China, India Fast-Tracking Carbon Emissions Reductions (Int'l)
    Climate Action Tracker
    Date: 2017-05-24
    Recently released data from Climate Action Tracker (CAT) estimates that both India and China look set to overachieve their Paris Agreement pledges by reducing projected global carbon emission growth by roughly two to three billion tonnes by 2030, compared to earlier forecast.

    CAT is an independent scientific analysis produced by three research organizations that have been tracking climate action since 2009. The CAT tracks 32 countries covering around 80 pct of global emissions. (Source: Climate Action Tracker, News18, 23 May, 2017) Contact: Climate Action Tracker, www.climateactiontracker.org

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    Notable Quotes on Clean Coal

    Date: 2017-05-03
    "Let us fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions" -- President George W. Bush said in his 2008 State of the Union address,.

    "We figured out how to put a man on the moon in 10 years. You can't tell me we can't figure out how to burn coal that we mine right here in the United States of America and make it work. We can do that."-- Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

    "My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We're going to have clean coal, really clean coal." – Pres. Donald Trump

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    Big Coal Coalition Presses Trump on Coal-based Climate Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Peabody Energy, Cloud Peak Energy
    Date: 2017-04-26
    The Washington Examiner is reporting that a coalition of big coal companies -- including bankrupt St. Louis-based coal industry giant Peabody Energy -- utilities and labor unions has launched a letter campaign to get Trump and Congress to endorse a plan to build clean coal plants with CO2 pipelines and carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities. The letter included a list of proposed carbon capture projects to be included in a federal infrastructure plan.

    The plan also calls for the extension and reform of tax credits for coal-fired power plants that use carbon capture, along with the adoption of "tax-exempt private activity bonds and other financial incentives to support carbon capture deployment," the letter read. (Source: Washington Examine, Others, 21 April, 2017)

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    Major ADM Carbon Capture and Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland, Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium
    Date: 2017-04-10
    Archer Daniels Midland Company is reporting that the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) project, a partnership to permanently store more than 1 million tpy of CO2, has begun operations.

    ICCS is designed to demonstrate the commercial-scale applicability of CCS technology in a saline reservoir. The project is currently permitted to operate for five years and has the potential to store up to 5.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

    The U.S. DOE supported project captures CO2 created as a byproduct at ADM's Decatur corn processing facility, and stores it safely almost 1.5 miles underground. This is ADM's second CCS project. Previously, the company removed and stored approximately a million tons of carbon over three years as part of the smaller-scale Illinois Basin -- Decatur Project, led by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium at the University of Illinois.

    The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium is one of seven national research partnerships working to find a balance between our growing energy needs and rising climate concerns by capturing carbon dioxide created in energy production and industrial processes and storing it safely underground in natural geological formations. The MGSC is funded by the U.S. DOE through the National Energy Technology Laboratory via the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership Program and by a cost share agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Coal Development, through the Illinois Clean Coal Institute. (Source: ADM, PR, April 7, 2017) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.coms; Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, www.sequestration.org

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    UNECE, World Coal Tout Long-Term Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    United Nations Economic Commission for Europe,World Coal Association
    Date: 2017-01-20
    The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing their long-term collaboration and commitment to facilitate a dialogue between governments and the coal industry. The groups aim to increase the awareness of the role of coal in the global energy mix and in providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

    According to World Coal, "Coal will continue to be part of the global energy supply for the foreseeable future. Therefore, clean coal technologies are critical to achieve the goals in the Paris Climate Agreement including high efficiency-low emissions technologies, methane management, carbon capture and storage and identifying the most efficient coal resources." (Source: World Coal, 19 Jan., 2017) Contact: UNECE, www.unece.org; WCA, Benjamin Sporton, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7851 0052, info@worldcoal.org, www.worldcoal.org

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    Peabody Honors Cleanest U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    Peabody Energy
    Date: 2016-12-16
    St. Louis-headquartered Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company which is presently in Chapt. 11 bankruptcy, reports it has recognized U.S. coal-fueled power plants for top environmental performance with the 2016 Peabody Energy Clean Coal Awards.

    Honors were determined based on data available from the Environmental Protection Agency for the lowest sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions rates in addition to the best efficiency (as measured by heat rate), which results in a lower carbon footprint. Starting this year, the company also presented awards to industry pioneers advancing modern, large-scale carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects.

    Award winners included:

  • Dynegy's Coffeen Plant in Illinois -- The 50-year old, 915-MW plant uses low-sulfur Powder River Basin coal and added a wet scrubber in 2009.

  • Southwestern Electric Power Company's (SWEPCO) John W. Turk Jr. Plant, Fulton, Ark. -- The Turk plant's NOx emissions profile is 79 pct better than the U.S. coal fleet average. The 600 MW ultra-supercritical power plant began commercial operation in 2012.

  • Longview Power LLC's Longview Power Plant in Maidsville, W. Va., -- The 705 MW supercritical power plant operates at a level of efficiency 15 pct better than the U.S. coal fleet average. Longview's best-in-class heat rate of 9,003 Btu per kWh in 2015 continues to improve, and the company's current efficiency performance is on track to be well below 8,900 Btu per kilowatt hour.

  • Mississippi Power's Kemper County Energy Facility -- The 582 MW Kemper facility employs Transport Integrated Gasification technology that is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 65 pct.

  • NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration's Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project -- The Petra Nova project demonstrates commercial-scale deployment of post-combustion carbon capture and is designed to capture approximately 90 pct of CO2 emissions from a 240 MW equivalent slipstream of flue gas from the W.A. Parish plant in Thompsons, Texas, southwest of Houston.

    Today's high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fueled generation includes multiple technologies capable of reducing the vast majority of SO2, NOx, particulate matter, mercury and other emissions. Advanced HELE technologies result in a smaller environmental footprint, achieving as much as a 25 percent reduction in a plant's CO2 emissions rate. Longer-term investments in next-generation carbon capture technologies are widely recognized as essential to meet long-term global climate goals, according to Peabody Energy. (Source: Peabody Energy, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Stephanie Weiler, (314) 342-7798, www.PeabodyEnergy.com

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