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US DOE-FE issues RFI for biomass co-firing emission profiles and impacts on carbon capture

The United States (US) Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has issued a request for information (RFI) for coal/biomass co-firing emission profiles and the impacts of those technologies on carbon capture systems. According to the DOE, coal/biomass co-firing combined with carbon capture, or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), is "an emerging area of interest" for FE.

The United States (US) Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has issued a request for information (RFI) for coal/biomass co-firing emission profiles and the impacts of those technologies on carbon capture systems. According to the DOE, coal/biomass co-firing combined with carbon capture, or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), is “an emerging area of interest” for FE.

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) funds research, development and demonstration projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced carbon technologies and further the “sustainable use of the nation’s fossil resources.”

The DOE-FE also currently funds a large research and development program in carbon capture, and within its portfolio, FE funds work associated with negative emissions technologies (NETs). NETs consist of technologies such as direct air capture (DAC) and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

DOE-FE issued the RFI to understand the challenges of coal/biomass co-firing emissions on carbon capture systems and the availability of existing facilities that could perform testing and is seeking information from stakeholders, industry, National Laboratories, and academia.

The RFI is solely a request for information and is not a funding opportunity announcement (FOA). However, the DOE-FE says that the information received from this RFI may assist in establishing content for the preparation of future announcements. The RFI prompts respondents to address eight comments and questions with responses submitted by 8:00 p.m. EST on February 21, 2020.

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