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  1. DOE Awards $10 Million to Advanced Combustion Projects

    By Editors of Power Engineering The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $10 million to eight projects dedicated to the research and development of advanced combustion systems, including oxy-combustion and chemical looping-based power systems . Reducing greenhouse gas emission is the single largest priority of DOE’s Advanced Combustion Systems Program. Oxy-combustion, a process for combusting fuel with oxygen rather than air, and chemical looping combustion, a chemical reaction that produces no greenhouse gases, are high priorities for funding, the agency said in a press release. DOE “is focused on driving down costs and collecting engineering data for scal-up of advanced coal-based power systems,” the agency said. “The newly selected projects will improve the overall economics for these two technology pathways.” The selected projects are aimed at capturing 90 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced, without the need for post-combustion capture systems. All eight projects will be managed by the Office of Fossil energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. All eight projects are described below: Enabling Staged Pressurized Oxy-Combustion : Improving Flexibility and Performance at Reduced Cost—The Electric Power Research Institute (Charlotte, NC) will conduct research to reduce the cost of electricity under both full and partial load conditions using two or more pressurized boilers in series to control temperature and heat transfer during the combustion process. Estimated cost—DOE: $1,167,332 Oxy-combustion System Process Optimization —TDA Research Inc. (Wheat Ridge, CO) will develop a new chemical absorbent–based, high-pressure CO 2 -purification system to remove residual oxygen in recovered CO 2  and optimize the pressurized oxy-combustion process. Estimated cost—DOE: $1,099,999 Technology Demonstration of a High-Pressure Swirl Oxy-Coal Combustor —The NASA Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research at the University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)  will demonstrate a down-fired swirl oxy-coal combustor and investigate the relationships between combustor operating conditions and conversion efficiencies to minimize oxygen requirements. Estimated cost—DOE: $1,100,000 Characterizing Impacts of Dry Coal Feeding in High-Pressure Oxy-Coal Combustion Systems —Reaction Engineering International (Murray, UT) plans to design and construct a dry pulverized coal feeding and firing system for an existing entrained flow pressurized reactor and determine how dry feeding affects overall performance of the system. Estimated cost—DOE: $1,229,720 Catalytic Removal of Oxygen and Pollutants in Exhaust Gases from Pressurized Oxy-Combustors —The Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana (Urbana, IL) will develop and validate advanced catalytic materials and bench-scale systems for purifying flue gas generated from pressurized coal oxy-combustors. Estimated cost—DOE: $1,498,323 Descriptions of the two chemical looping combustion projects follow: Development of Enabling Technologies for Chemical Looping Combustion and Chemical Looping with Oxygen Uncoupling (CLOU) —The University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) will develop technologies to improve system performance and reduce costs of chemical looping combustion and CLOU by focusing on oxygen carrier management and reactor design and operation. Estimated cost—DOE: $1,333,804 Heat Integration Optimization and Dynamic Modeling Investigation for Advancing the Coal Direct Chemical Looping Process —The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) will address the optimization and startup operation of a modular coal direct chemical-looping combustion system integrated with a steam cycle for power generation to reduce the risks involved in scale-up of the technology. Estimated cost—DOE: $1,500,000

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    Fri, 23 Sep 2016

  2. Sept. 15 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

    The Henry Hub is the pricing point for natural gas futures contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2016

  3. Kemper County Coal Gasification Plant Closer to Commercial Operation

    Mississippi Power today announced it has started producing syngas using the second gasifier at the Kemper County energy facility, another important step toward the project’s commercial operation.

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    Fri, 16 Sep 2016

  4. Wave Power Energy: First wave-produced electricity in US goes online in Hawaii

    In the waters off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  1. Britain's new PM eliminates Department of Energy & Climate Change

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    Tue, 19 Jul 2016

  2. "We did it." U.S. Department of Energy unveils Hydropower Vision plan

    The U.S. Department of Energy released the long-awaited Hydropower Vision report -- alongside $9.8 million in funding for hydroelectric power -- earlier today at HydroVision International 2016 in Minneapolis.

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016

  3. Munich aims high on renewable district heating

    The southern German city of Munich is planning to be powered 100 per cent by renewable district heating by 2040, with geothermal energy set to play its part.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  4. Wave power facility goes online in Hawaii

    The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it is fed into Oahu's power grid — the first wave power to go online in the U.S. 

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  5. Department of Energy's EERE announces $9.8 million in funding for innovative non-powered dam & pumped-storage technologies

    The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the availability of $9.8 million in funding for up to 12 projects to develop "innovative technologies that will reduce capital costs and deployment timelines" for pumped-storage projects and development at non-powered dams.

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016

  6. Energy News: OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

    Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the U.S. has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama's presidency, slicing the nation's output of polluting gases that are warming Earth.

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    Tue, 6 Sep 2016

  7. Senate-House energy policy bill conference gets under way

    The joint congressional conference on federal energy policy reform legislation formally began on Sept. 8 as Republicans and Democrats from both sides of the Capitol acknowledged that changes are needed and much hard work lies ahead.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  8. Rio Grande LNG gets FTA export authorization

    NextDecade LLC has received US Department of Energy authorization to export LNG from its proposed Rio Grande LNG liquefaction plant in Brownsville, Tex., to Free-Trade Agreement countries. DOE authorized export of 27 million tonnes/year of LNG—equivalent to about 3.6 bcfd of natural gas—for a ...

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

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