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DOE's Fossil Energy R&D advances transformative science and innovative technologies that enable the reliable, efficient, affordable, and environmentally sound use of fossil fuels. Fossil energy sources constitute over 80% of the country’s total energy use, and are important to the nation’s security, economic prosperity, and growth. The R&D is focused on developing and demonstrating advanced power generation and carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies for existing facilities and new fossil-fueled power plants by increasing overall system efficiencies and reducing capital costs. In the near-term, advanced technologies that increase the power generation efficiency for new plants and technologies to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from new and existing industrial and power-producing plants are being developed. In the longer term, the goal is to increase energy plant efficiencies and reduce both the energy and capital costs of CO2 capture and storage from new, advanced coal plants and existing plants. These activities will help allow coal to remain a strategic fuel for the nation while enhancing environmental protection.

 

Program Areas

Advanced Energy Systems
FE's Advanced Energy Systems program focuses on improving the efficiency of coal-based power systems.
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Crosscutting Research
FE’s Crosscutting Research program serves as a bridge between basic and applied research.
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Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Research
The Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage R&D Program advances safe, cost-effective, capture and permanent geologic storage and/or use of CO2.
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Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Major Demonstrations
​Our Major Demonstrations program works in partnership with industry to develop and demonstrate advanced CCUS technologies at commercial-scale.
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Systems Analysis
The Office of Fossil Energy's Clean Coal and Carbon Management Program and the National Energy Technology Laboratory conduct systems analysis.
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DOE/FE International Engagements
DOE works with international partners to conduct research and development on advanced fossil and carbon capture and storage technologies.
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Coal Facts
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides up-to-date data and analysis on coal production, use, and trends.
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FE Funding Opportunities
The Office of Fossil Energy partners with industry, academia, and research facilities to further the development of advanced fossil technologies.
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Fossil Energy Budget
DOE's Office of the Chief Financial Officer provides detailed information on the Department's annual budget across offices and programs.
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News

U.S. Department of Energy Issues a Request for Information for Enhanced Weathering Research Opportunities
U.S. Department of Energy Issues a Request for Information for Enhanced Weathering Research Opportunities
October 14, 2020
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DOE Awards $1.95M for Conceptual Designs that Extract Critical Minerals and Rare Earth Elements from Coal Sources
FE selected 13 projects to receive $1.95M to develop conceptual designs of commercially viable technologies that will extract REEs from coal.
October 5, 2020
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Department of Energy Announces $122 Million for Regional Initiative to Produce Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals
Department of Energy Announces $122 Million for Regional Initiative to Produce Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals
September 22, 2020
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Department of Energy Invests $72 Million in Carbon Capture Technologies
DOE announces the award of approximately $72 million in federal funding to support the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies.
September 1, 2020
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Department of Energy Issues Request for Information for Materials that Withstand Harsh Environments
DOE announced a RFI about advances in components, systems, and products that can withstand harsh environments and extended service lifetimes.
August 19, 2020
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Kentucky, and Penn State University Receive $10M to Develop Coal-Derived Carbon Products
This research will investigate all aspects of coal-derived carbon fiber production.
August 19, 2020
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Department of Energy Selects Additional Project to Enable Near-Zero Water Consumption of Power Plants
FE selected one additional project to receive $1.5M under the second closing of DE-FOA-0002001.000001.
August 11, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Invests $2 Million to Find Beneficial Uses for Coal Combustion Residuals
DOE selected two projects to receive approximately $2M in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects under FOA 2190.
July 30, 2020
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DOE Invests $118 Million in 21st Century Technologies for Carbon-Neutral Electricity and Hydrogen Produced from Coal
Today the U.S. Department of Energy announced $118 million in federal funding to support the Coal FIRST Initiative.
July 17, 2020
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DOE Invests $17 Million to Advance Carbon Utilization Projects
11 projects selected to receive approximately $17 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects for carbon utilization.
June 16, 2020
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