DOE is releasing a new FOA, DE-FOA-0002180, Design Development and System Integration Design Studies for Coal FIRST Concepts. On a competitive basis, DOE intends to award $81 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects.

Projects funded under this FOA will focus on advancing engineering-scale prototypes. Successful applicants will be required to complete (1) design development; (2) host site evaluation and environmental information volume; (3) an investment case analysis; and (4) a system integration design study. All prototypes must generate electricity or hydrogen, for power or other products, and incorporate carbon capture and utilization or carbon capture and storage technologies in one of the following areas of interest:

  1. Flexible Ultra Supercritical (USC) Coal-Fired Power Plant
  2. Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustor with Supercritical Steam Cycle Power Plant
  3. Hybrid Natural Gas Turbine / USC Coal Boiler Power Plant
  4. Flexible Gasification of Coal & Biomass to Generate Electric Power and a Carbon-Free Hydrogen Co-Product.

Applications for FOA 2180 must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 26, 2020. More details are available here.

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