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DoE requests information on modular coal-based power plants of the future

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World Coal,

Last week, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy issued a Request for Information (RFI) for input on the development of small-scale, modular coal-fired power plants of the future.

According to the department, 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. 

For this RFI, DoE seeks stakeholder input on technical and market considerations to inform research and development in support of the design, construction and operation of a small-scale, modular coal-based pilot-scale plants. These plants of the future are envisioned to be modular for lower cost, designed using advanced methods, small scale and highly efficient (greater than 40% efficiency) to meet the demand of the evolving electricity grid.

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