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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

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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DOE to Provide $30 Million to Develop Small-Scale Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems and Hybrid Energy Systems
Department of Energy announces $30 million in funding for R&D to advance small-scale solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) hybrid energy systems.
May 29, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Invests $6M to Support Training of the Next Generation of Energy Scientists
FE selected 12 projects to receive approximately $6 million in federal funding for DE-FOA-0002193.
May 27, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Selects Technology Projects to Receive $10M for Extreme Environment Materials Research
FE selected two projects to receive approximately $10 million in federal funding for FOA 2192 Extreme Environment Materials for Power Generation.
May 26, 2020
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DOE Announces Intent to Commit $81 Million for Coal FIRST Design Development
The Office of Fossil Energy has announced its intention to commit approximately $81 million for cost-shared R&D projects for Draft FOA 2180.
May 18, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $131 Million for CCUS Technologies
Today, DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy announced up to $131 million for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) and R&D projects.
April 24, 2020
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Energy Department Issues Request for Proposal for Conceptual Designs Aimed at Rare Earth Production from Coal-Based Resources
Energy Department Issues Request for Proposal for Conceptual Designs Aimed at Rare Earth Production from Coal-Based Resources
April 22, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces Up to $14M for Advanced Coal Processing Technologies
FE announced up to $14M in federal funding under the FOA DE-FOA-0002185, Advanced Coal Processing Technologies.
April 13, 2020
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New REE Extraction Tests Show Promise for Efficiency & Cost Savings
The Lab has funded and supported multiple projects across the Nation to extract REEs from coal and coal-related by-products.
March 20, 2020
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U.S. Department of Energy Selects Technology Project to Receive $1.5M for Near-Zero Water Consumption at Power Plants
The Office of Fossil Energy selected a project to receive $1.5M for near-zero water consumption at coal-fired power plants.
March 10, 2020
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