DOE to develop useful products from coal and coal waste

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) has announced up to US$6 million available for research and development (R&D) projects that will reuse fossil fuels. national coal resources for products that can be used in clean energy technologies. such as batteries and advanced manufacturing. Expanding innovative uses of coal and coal waste has the potential to create local employment opportunities for power plant communities as the country transitions to a zero greenhouse gas economy.

Potential projects selected under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support FECM’s Carbon Ore Processing Program, which focuses on converting coal and coal waste into products such as graphite. and carbon and metal composites and alloys. The unique structure and composition of carbon also makes it well suited as a raw material for the production of various high-value carbon products such as carbon nanomaterials, activated carbons and graphite, which can be used for computer memory devices. , LED lighting, photovoltaic solar cells, batteries, capacitors, sorbents, catalysts, membranes and medical imaging. Products derived from carbon ore can possess unique electrical and mechanical properties through processing, making these materials well suited for electrochemical, electromechanical, absorbent, catalytic, separation, and mechanical applications.

Eligible applicants include companies, academic institutions, and research coalitions with expertise in the following areas of interest:

  • R&D of high added value graphitic products such as graphene, quantum dots, graphitizable foams, etc.
  • R&D of carbon metal composites offering the potential for superior technical and economic performance, particularly in electromechanical applications.

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