DOE awards U of North Dakota $2.5M to sample and characterize coal-based resources containing rare earth elements

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The US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) announced that the University of North Dakota has been awarded a 2-year, $1.5-million contract to sample and characterize US coal-based resources containing high concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs). The newly announced contract will support FE’s REE Program, which has characterized many REE-bearing samples of coal and coal by-products.

As states continue to use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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These results indicate that coal and oil are the energy sources leading to most emissions, and that hydro, wind, and nuclear are the energy sources leading to least emissions. On the two extremes, coal and oil result in about 176 times the emissions from hydro. This brief study analyzes, for each individual state, the changes from 2018 to 2020 in the use of coal (one of the two most polluting energy sources) to generate electricity. from coal. from coal.

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DOE awards $1.95M for conceptual designs that extract critical minerals and rare earth elements from coal sources

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million in federal funding to develop conceptual designs of commercially viable technologies that will extract rare earth elements (REEs) from US coal and coal by-product sources. DOE’s Critical Minerals Sustainability Program (previously called the Feasibility of Recovering Rare Earth Elements Program) has demonstrated the technical feasibility of extracting these resources from coal-based materials. University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND).

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DOE invests $17.4M in projects to advance recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects to move on to a second phase of research in their efforts to advance recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts. The following two bench-scale projects were selected under area of interest 1: The University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies will use North Dakota sub-bituminous lignite coal and coal-related material as feedstock to test their REE recovery system.

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DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

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This FOA, issued in August 2017, is a $50-million funding opportunity for projects supporting cost-shared research and development to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots to demonstrate transformational coal technologies. DOE has supported a range of potentially transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step-change improvements in coal-powered systems. UKy-CAER Heat-integrated Transformative CO2 Capture Process for Pulverized Coal Power Plants.

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DOE Lab, partners find high concentrations of rare earth elements in American coal basins

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has found high rare earth element (REE) concentrations in coal samples taken from the Illinois, Northern Appalachian, Central Appalachian, Rocky Mountain Coal Basins, and the Pennsylvania Anthracite region. Meanwhile, UK analyzed western Kentucky bituminous coal in the Illinois Coal Basin, and XLight Corporation investigated coal-related materials in the Eastern Pennsylvania Anthracite Region.

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DOE selects 10 projects to enhance research into recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 10 projects to receive funding for research in support of the lab’s program on Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts. The selected research projects will further program goals by focusing on the development of cost-effective and environmentally benign approaches for the recovery of rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic coal and coal byproducts.

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EIA: US rail traffic reflects increase in crude oil production, decrease in coal use; coal still dominant

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The record increase in US crude oil production during 2012 and the significant decline in coal use for domestic electricity generation were reflected in the movement of those two commodities by rail last year, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Crude oil and petroleum products accounted for the biggest increase in railcar loadings among commodities in 2012, while coal had the largest decline. Coal accounted for 37.2%

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DOE to award $4M to 9 projects to recover rare earth elements from coal and by-products

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected nine projects to receive approximately $4 million in cost-shared federal funding to improve the technical, environmental, and economic performance of new and existing technologies that extract, separate, and recover rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic US coal and coal by-products. US coal resources contain quantities of REEs that offer the potential to reduce dependence on others for these critical materials.

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Accelergy Begins Production of Synthetic Jet Fuel from Coal and Biomass; USAF to Evaluate for 100% Synthetic Fuel Use

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Accelergy Corporation has begun production of a synthetic fuel from coal and biomass, to be evaluated by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the industry benchmark for 100% synthetic jet fuel. The fuels will be produced at a pilot facility currently under construction at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University Of North Dakota. Tags: Aviation Biomass Coal Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Fuels

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Appalachian Basin — North (Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia): Pennsylvania State University aims to assess and catalog Northern Appalachian Basin rare earth elements and critical minerals resources and waste streams, develop strategies to recover minerals from these streams, and assess the infrastructure, industries and businesses in the Northern Appalachian Basin to determine supply chain gaps.

DOE Awarding More Than $3.3M to 7 Universities To Conduct Advanced Turbine Technology Studies for Advanced Coal-Based Power Generation

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The universities—located in Georgia, Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, California, and New York—will investigate the technology needed for the efficient operation of turbines using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. University of North Dakota , Grand Forks, N.D. Tags: Coal Engines Power Generation The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $3.3

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DOE Selects 8 Projects to Advance Technologies for the Co-Production of Power and Hydrogen, Fuels or Chemicals from Coal-Biomass Feedstocks

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 8 research projects for funding that will focus on gasification of coal/biomass to produce synthetic gas (syngas) as a pathway to producing power, hydrogen, fuel or chemicals. Awards are in three areas: Reprocessing and Conditioning of Coal/Biomass Mixtures for Simultaneous Co-Feeding Systems; Reactive Properties of Coal/Biomass Mixed Fuels; and Design Concepts for Co-Production of Power, Fuels and Chemicals.

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DOE to award up to $14M to 6 new projects to advance IGCC with carbon capture technology for coal-fired plants

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The selected projects are intended to improve the economics of IGCC plants and promote the use of the US’abundant coal resources. For example, a 60%-efficient gasification power plant can cut the formation of carbon dioxide by 40% compared to a typical coal combustion plant, the DOE said. The projects support the Department’s goal of using gasification to provide power from coal with 90% carbon capture, utilization, and storage at minimal increase in the cost of electricity.

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DOE Selects Four Advanced Coal or Coal/Biomass Gasification Projects for Up To $5.9M in Funding to Test Membrane Separation Technology

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected four advanced coal gasification projects for funding of up to $5.9 The projects will test membrane technology to separate hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from coal or coal/biomass-derived synthesis gas (syngas), such as from Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power systems. These projects are intended to move the technology development to the next level, conducting testing using actual coal-derived synthesis gas.

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DOE Regional Partnership Initiates CO2 Injection in Lignite Coal Seam

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A US Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) team of regional partners has begun injecting CO 2 into a deep lignite coal seam in Burke County, North Dakota, to demonstrate the economic and environmental viability of geologic CO 2 storage in the US Great Plains region. The results of the PCOR Partnership’s Phase I characterization activities indicated that the region’s low-rank coal seams have the capacity to store up to 8 billion tons of CO 2.

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Texas Clean Energy Project signs long-term CO2 offtake agreement with Whiting Petroleum for enhanced oil recovery; 90% CO2 capture from IGCC coal polygen plant

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The TCEP would integrate coal gasification, combined-cycle power generation, CO 2 capture, and. Summit Power Group, LLC and Blue Strategies, LLC have signed a 15-year CO 2 offtake agreement with Whiting Petroleum Corporation for some of the CO 2 that will be captured by Summit’s Texas Clean Energy Project ( TCEP ), a coal gasification with carbon capture polygen project being developed in Penwell, Texas, outside Odessa. Coal gasification, syngas processing and CO 2 capture.

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Accelergy Licenses EERC Technology for Coal Biomass to Synthetic Jet Fuels Process

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Accelergy Corporation, an advanced coal-to-liquids company, has formed a strategic partnership with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. Under the terms of a new agreement, Accelergy will license EERC’s proprietary technology as part of its Coal Biomass to Liquids (CBTL) process to accelerate the development of specialty liquid jet fuels used by the military from non-petroleum sources.

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Sparton and NuCoal to Evaluate NuCoals Saskatchewan Coal Holdings and CTL Residue for Germanium and Uranium Commercialization Potential

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and NuCoal Energy Corporation recently executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) wherein Sparton and NuCoal will jointly evaluate the potential of NuCoal’s lignitic coal holdings in Saskatchewan to host commercial germanium and uranium mineralization. In addition the program will also test the feasibility of recovering valuable metals from residue material produced by the coal-to-liquids (CTL) program being developed by NuCoal in this area. Sparton Resources Inc.

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DOE funding boost for coal-based power generation

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Seven universities have picked up a significant funding boost from the US Department of Energy in an effort to investigate the technology needed for turbines using coal-derived synthesis gas and high hydrogen content fuels. Universities in Georgia, California, Louisiana, Texas, North Dakota and New York will benefit from more than $3.3million for advanced turbine technology [.].

DOE to Award Up to $408M to Two CCS Projects at Coal Power Plants; One for Hydrogen-Fired Power Generation

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The two projects selected—an existing power plant in North Dakota and a new facility in California—will incorporate advanced technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The selection of the two projects is part of the third round of the Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI). The goal of CCPI is to accelerate the readiness of advanced coal technologies for commercial deployment.

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DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

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capture system at an existing coal-fueled generating unit. The objectives are to address concerns related to scale-up and integration of the technology in coal-based power plants. This system consists of a polymeric membrane and a low-temperature physical adsorbent to remove CO 2 from the flue gases generated by coal-fired power plants. University of North Dakota.

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Linc Energy taking stake in aboveground gasification company; potential CTL introduction in US

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Australia’s Linc Energy, a developer of underground coal gasification and synthetic fuels projects, has signed an exclusive agreement with PowerHouse Energy Inc, a provider of onsite energy systems that uses fossil and renewable fuels to generate electricity and synthetic gas via the Pyromex ultra high temperature above-ground gasification (UHTG) process. Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Gasification

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New high-pressure dry-solids feed pump could make high-efficiency, lower-emission gasification economically competitive

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In a project ( DE-FC26-04NT42237 ) funded by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has developed a high-pressure dry-solids feed pump that could make gasification economically competitive by improving efficiencies and introducing low-rank Western coal as a viable feedstock option. Higher system pressures mean higher system efficiencies; higher efficiencies translate into less coal used to produce power and other products.

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RAND reports suggest US DoD use less petroleum fuel to deal with high prices, not count on alternatives

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Bartis and RAND colleague Lawrence van Bibbe were the authors of a 2011 RAND report concluding that if the US military increased its use of alternative jet and naval fuels that can be produced from coal or various renewable resources, including seed oils, waste oils and algae, there would be no direct benefit to the nation’s armed forces. Algal Fuels Bio-hydrocarbons Biomass Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Fuels Oil Policy

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MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations. The Upper Missouri River Basin also contains the Colstrip power plant in eastern Montana—the second largest coal-fired generating facility west of the Mississippi—and the Bakken shale formation.

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Transcanada restarts Keystone oil sands pipeline operations

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The Keystone pipeline is approximately 1,316 miles in length and transports crude oil from the US-Canadian Border in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois and includes an extension running from Jefferson County, Nebraska to Cushing, Oklahoma. The Canadian portion of the pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta east into Manitoba where it turns south and crosses the border into North Dakota. From North Dakota, the pipeline runs south through South Dakota and Nebraska.

Study finds methane leaks from three large US natural gas fields in line with EPA estimates

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If leak rates are too high, natural gas does not compare favorably with one alternative, coal, in terms of climate impact. The CIRES and NOAA team is planning another aircraft mission this spring, to expand emissions measurements from gas-producing regions stretching from Texas to North Dakota.

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Cummins Power Generation Provides Generator for Biomass Syngas Demonstration Project at the EERC

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota, in partnership with Cummins Power Generation, Inc., The EERC’s gasification unit can convert a range of fuels, such as forestry, agricultural, and industrial biomass waste; animal waste; waste plastics; and railroad ties or cable poles as well as a range of coals, into clean syngas.

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EIA releases report on CO2 emissions by state; California led in 2010 with transportation-sector emissions

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tonnes of CO 2 per person), followed by North Dakota (80.4 For example, some states are located near abundant hydroelectric supplies, while others contain abundant coal resources. In 2010 the top 3 states included: Wyoming (1,886 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP), West Virginia (1,767 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP), and North Dakota (1,681 mt CO 2 / million dollars of GDP). Energy-related CO 2 emissions buy state, 2010. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge.

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Exxon Mobil Acquiring XTO Energy in $41B Deal; Enhances US Position in Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

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Its properties are concentrated in Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Louisiana and Montana. XTO’s resource base is the equivalent of 45 trillion cubic feet of gas and includes shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane and shale oil. Exxon Mobil Corporation is acquiring XTO Energy Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion.

2009 167

Diversified Energy Hits Gasifier Development Milestones in DOE-Sponsored Program

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The 24-month, $945,000 grant is focused on the design and demonstration of a one ton per day OmniGas gasifier to process biomass, coal, and blends thereof. The reactor will then be transported to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota for integration with upstream and downstream processing equipment, before proceeding into testing next summer.

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DOE awarding $72M to 27 projects to develop and advance carbon capture technologies, including direct air capture

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Under this cost-shared research and development (R&D), DOE is awarding $51 million to nine new projects for coal and natural gas power and industrial sources. Under the first FOA (DE-FOA-0002187), Capture Research and Development (R&D): Engineering Scale Testing from Coal- and Natural-Gas-Based Flue Gas and Initial Engineering Design for Industrial Sources, DOE selected nine projects to receive $51 million for cost-shared R&D.

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DOE to award funding to 10 projects at 9 universities for high-hydrogen-fueled turbine technology development

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The projects will develop technologies for use in a new generation of advanced turbines that operate using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. The US Department of Energy has selected ten projects at nine universities for funding under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program.

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DOE selects 10 projects for $5M in funding to conduct advanced turbine technology research

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The universities will develop solutions to specific technical challenges and barriers that must be overcome to enable the development of advanced gas turbines and gas turbine-based systems that will operate reliably, cleanly, efficiently, and cost effectively when fueled with coal-derived hydrogen, synthesis gas (syngas) and natural gas fuels. University of North Dakota.

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Navy to Test 50:50 Hydrotreated Renewable Jet Fuel Blend in F/A-18 Super Hornet; 590,000-Gallon HRJ Solicitation for Navy and Air Force

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota also has been awarded a subcontract by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to help produce 100% renewable jet fuel from algae. We’re trying to certify by families, to come up with a spec for an approved class of feedstocks, such as oil shale, petroleum, hydrotreated renewable or coal.

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DOE selects 16 projects for funding to develop post-combustion carbon capture technologies

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The US Department of Energy has selected 16 projects for almost $29 million in funding to develop advanced post-combustion technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from coal–fired power plants. The technologies are projected to reduce the CO 2 capture energy penalty from a coal-fired power plant by as much as 51% compared to using conventional monoethnolamine (MEA) scrubbing technology. University of North Dakota.

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