The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for input on improving the efficiency, reliability, and flexibility of existing coal-based power plants.

The objective of this RFI is to support DOE’s mission to lead research and technology development that promotes the advancement of coal-fired power plants that provide stable power generation with operational flexibility, high efficiency, and low emissions. 

This RFI seeks stakeholder input about research and development activities that could lead to wide-scale retrofits of existing coal-fueled electricity generating units (EGUs). Specifically, DOE is interested in gathering information relevant to three technical areas:

  • Advanced technologies for Efficiency Improvements at Full- and/or Part-Load Operations
  • Advanced technologies for Improvements to EGU Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability
  • Advanced technologies for Improved Operational Flexibility.

To review the RFI, please click here. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to with the subject line "DE-FOA-0001937 – RFI" no later than 8:00pm (ET) on June 18, 2018. Information from this RFI will complement other public feedback being sought by FE, including RFIs on Small-Scale Modular Coal Plants of the Future, and Performance Improvements for Steam-Based Power Cycles for Coal Boilers.

The Office of Fossil Energy funds research, development, and demonstration projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation’s fossil resources. To learn more about the programs within the Office of Fossil Energy, visit the Office of Fossil Energy website or sign up for FE news announcements. More information about the National Energy Technology Laboratory is available on the NETL website.