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DOE to Fund Large-scale Pilot Fossil Fuel Projects


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $50 million funding opportunity through the Office of Fossil Energy to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilot projects for transformational coal technologies that improve coal-powered systems’ performance, efficiency, emission reduction, and cost of electricity. Applicants should have already demonstrated technical success at a small-scale pilot stage, and a 20% minimum cost share on total award values is required.

DOE has supported a range of potentially transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step-change improvements in coal-powered systems. Some of these technologies are now ready to proceed to the large-scale pilot stage of development.

The FOA will involve three phases, with down-selections made between phases:

Phase I (Feasibility) will support efforts to secure team commitments; update the preliminary cost estimate and schedule for design, construction, and operation; secure construction/operation cost-share funding; and complete an environmental information volume.

Phase II (Design) selected projects will complete a front-end engineering design study, and complete the National Environmental Policy Act process.

Phase III (Construction/Operation) will ultimately be the two, final projects selected to support construction and operation of the large-scale pilot facilities.

More details and information about this funding opportunity can be found at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=DE-FOA-0001788.