Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Clean Coal Technology Grant Approvals

May 9, 2014 Issues: Energy

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ryan announced today successful federal grant approvals awarded to The Ohio State University and the Babcock and Wilcox Company Power Generation Group in the amount of $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. The award to OSU and Babcock & Wilcox for Phase 2 development of Iron-based coal direct chemical looping (CDCL) technology will be critical to their research in securing a future for clean coal in our nation. This grant will hopefully lead to major breakthroughs not only for our country’s prosperity, but also for the environment.

“This funding not only keeps state of the art research in our district, but also holds promising leads for our nation’s energy future,” said Congressman Ryan. “While we still have to rely on fossil fuels for our nation’s energy needs, it is imperative to remember that the future of energy requires constant innovation and investment in renewable energy technologies. CDCL research will play a major role in assuring that coal has a place in that future."

This grant is intended to further CDCL technology that may help to attain a future for clean coal and domestic energy production. Not only could clean coal help drive down the price of energy across the country, but it also assures that families will be able to keep or obtain jobs that pay well. According to B&W PPG, “CDCL technology was developed and successfully tested at bench scale at OSU’s labs in Columbus, Ohio. B&W PGG is leading the commercial design effort for this novel technology, and research and testing are ongoing at the B&W Research Center in Barberton, Ohio and at OSU’s labs.”