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Clean coal R&D centre receives gov't funding

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The Italian government is to provide €30 million to help establish the Italian Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy at Sotacarbo’s research centre in Carbonia.

"The birth of this technology hub is a great opportunity for Italy and Sardinia. For this reason, I feel obliged to thank the Region of Sardinia and the Italian government who committed themselves so strongly to make this happen" said Mario Porcu, Sotacarbo president.

The new centre will focus its research in five main areas, Dr Gianni Serra, chief communications officer at Sotacarbo, told World Coal:

  • Zero emission technology for coal and biomass power generation.
  • Liquid fuel from coal.
  • Carbon capture and storage technologies.
  • The integration of renewable power generation with power plants using fossil fuels.
  • Oxy-combustion technologies.

Sotacarbo – Società Tecnologie Avanzate Carbone S.p.A. – was established in 1987 to exploit coal through the development of advanced clean coal technologies.

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