DoE funding to improve the efficiency of coal power plants


The US Department of Energy has invested $39 million to enhance the efficiency and reliability of existing coal-based power plants.

The funding will be issued to 17 projects via the Office of Fossil Energy as part of the Transformative Power Generation and Crosscutting Research Programmes.

The projects will use the funding to conduct research and development of technologies to improve the flexibility of coal power plants. Read more about the selected projects here.

The DoE has set a target to improve the average modeled efficiency (i.e., heat rate) of a typical coal power plant in the existing fleet by 5% from the 2017 baseline of 31% by the end of 2020.

The projects will focus on three areas including:

  • Sensors, diagnostics, and controls to improve prediction, performance, and reliability
  • Power plant component improvement
  • Data analytics driven controls

Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, said: “Coal-fired power plants represent the second-largest energy source for electricity generation in the United States.

 “The Trump Administration remains committed to ensuring a coal-fuelled power plant fleet that provides stable energy to the power grid.”