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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

Department of Energy Issues Request for Information for Biomass Co-Firing Emission Profiles and Impacts on Carbon Capture
The Office of Fossil Energy has issued a request for information for coal/biomass co-firing emission profiles and their impacts on carbon capture.
February 11, 2020
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President Requests $930.7 Million for Fossil Energy Programs
This is an overview of the Office of Fossil Energy's FY 2021 Budget Request.
February 11, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Plans to Issue $4M to Improve Coal Combustion Residuals Management
The Office of Fossil Energy to provide $4 million for projects to improve coal combustion residuals management.
February 4, 2020
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Energy Department Selects Advanced Turbine Technology Projects to Receive $9M
The Office of Fossil Energy has selected two projects to receive about $9M to develop advance, highly efficient, turbine-based technologies.
January 29, 2020
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Energy Department Announces Additional $3M for Projects to Create New Market Opportunities for Coal
The Office of Fossil Energy has selected three additional projects to receive $3M to develop innovative uses for coal.
January 28, 2020
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Ohio State University Researchers Demonstrate REE Recovery Process
This blog discusses a rare earth element recovery process demonstrated at Ohio State Univeristy
January 15, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces Nearly $6.3 Million for University Training and Research for Fossil Energy Applications
Fossil Energy has announced approximately $6.3 million in federal funding for R&D projects under FOA 2193.
January 9, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $4M for Projects to Collaborate Internationally and Accelerate CCUS Technologies
The Office of Fossil Energy has announced $4 million in federal funding for national laboratories to collaborate with international partners.
November 1, 2019
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FE Announces Awards for the High Performance Computing for Materials Program
The Office of Fossil Energy announced $600,000 for two High Performance Computing for Materials projects.
July 10, 2019
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Energy Department Invests $14.7M in Large-Scale Fossil Fuel Pilot Projects
FE selected six projects to receive approximately $14.7 million in funding for Phase II of FOA; Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots.
July 9, 2019
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