The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have issued a Request for Information (RFI) for strategies for improving or creating emission-reduction or utilization technologies for hazardous substances resulting from coal combustion.

DOE is seeking information that may assist in formulating strategies for the reduction of hazardous materials and waste streams, including approaches involving containment and/or isolation.  Waste streams of interest include those affecting air, water, and solid waste (by-product) disposal areas.  DOE is also interested in learning about technological strategies to improve management of coal ash ponds, such as by-product management facilities, ponds, and landfills.

Responses to this RFI should provide an understanding of the state of the art and the potential benefits from the next generation of emission-reduction technologies, including removal or containment strategies, and by-product utilization strategies, for current and future coal-fired utility and industrial applications in the following areas:

  1. Cost-effective reduction of risks and impacts associated with ash containment
  2. Hazardous substance removal or isolation from waste streams
  3. Enhancement of design and operating practices to optimize plant performance with respect to cost-effective operation with minimal environmental impact
  4. Creation of pathways for the production of value-added products from coal combustion residues.

DOE is seeking information from stakeholders such as industry, academia, nonprofits, and research institutions.  This is solely a request for information and is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). DOE is not accepting applications to this RFI.

The RFI is posted as DE-FOA-0002109.  To review the RFI, please click here.  Responses must be submitted by May 06, 2019 at the following e-mail address: DE-FOA-0002109@NETL.DOE.GOV.  

The Office of Fossil Energy funds research, development and demonstration projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced carbon 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 our website or sign up for FE news announcements.  To learn more about the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, visit the NETL website.