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DoE to study coal gasification

The Department of Energy has awarded $16 million to four companies studying ways to make gas for fuel or chemical manufacturing from coal and other fossil fuels.

The funding comes from the Gasification Systems Program at the DoE’s Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, and it is aimed at reducing the costs of gasification technologies.

Two of the projects focus on turning coal into syngas, a mixture of hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide that can be used to generate electricity or to power vehicles, or as a starting point to make petroleum products from lubricants to plastics. The other two focus on capturing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas pollutant created during the gasification process.

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