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(Ohio Rep.) Cera unveils new coal research projects

(Ohio Rep.) Cera unveils new coal research projects
COLUMBUS — Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced Tuesday the approval of about $1 million in funding by the Ohio Coal Technical Advisory Committee on which Rep. Cera serves.

The grants will go toward pilot programs that explore novel uses for coal and associated byproducts.

Cera highlighted two projects that explore methods of extracting rare earth elements from coal. REEs have emerged as an essential component for high-tech manufacturing. They are found in products such as cell phones, computers, medical equipment and automobiles. As demand has grown, China has emerged as the predominant supplier of REEs worldwide.

One proposal, put forward by Ohio University, will use electrochemical technology in pursuit of increased REE extraction efficiency. Another University of Cincinnati project focuses on extracting REEs from coal preparation plant refuse. Each will receive around $250,000 in state funding.

“What makes these projects so exciting is the potential to address a couple different issues at the same time,” Cera said. “We’re always on the lookout for ways to get more revenue and value out of the coal we produce in Ohio. In addition, harvesting rare earth elements here at home would reduce our dependence on countries like China which have flooded the market with cheap REEs.”

Cera also commented on the approval of $250,000 for research sponsored by Ohio University related to coal-plastic composite. CPC is a newly-designed material that has the potential to be used in a variety of industries, including as a decking board. Funds from the grant will go toward creating a performance-rating system to determine what types of CPC could be suitable for commercial use.

“When it comes to emerging technologies, there’s always a gap between what we can do in the lab and what makes sense in the real world,” Cera said. “This project helps build the infrastructure to evaluate CPC and hopefully create a new market for Ohio coal.”

In total, four new projects were approved as part of the Ohio Coal Demonstration and Pilot Program. The program, administered through the Ohio Development Services Agency, provides funding for projects that examine innovative uses for Ohio coal.

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Source: Times Leader, martins Ferry, OH

LINK:  http://www.timesleaderonline.com/news/community/2018/08/cera-unveils-new-coal-research-projects

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from: https://www.development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_bacommittees.htm

Ohio Coal Development Office Technical Advisory Committee

The goal of the Coal Development Office is to enhance the use of Ohio coal in an environmentally acceptable, cost effective manner. The Technical Advisory Committee assists and advises the Ohio Coal Development Office to help achieve this goal.  Specifically, the Committee makes recommendations concerning the direction of the office, helps to establish criteria used to select coal research and development projects, and reviews projects that are received by the office for funding. Program link.

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more state coal programs: https://www.development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_ohiocoaldev.htm

Advanced Energy and Efficiency Programs

Advanced Energy and Efficiency Programs » Ohio Coal Research and Development Program

Ohio Coal Research and Development Program

The Ohio Coal Development Office invests in the development and implementation of technologies that can use Ohio’s vast reserves of coal in an economical, environmentally sound manner. Projects are identified through public solicitations and may include technologies that improve combustion efficiencies, remove various pollutants from emissions, develop productive uses for the by-products of combustion, and investigate new uses for coal as a feedstock. The aggregate principal amount of money borrowed, bonds and other obligations issued by the state for this program is not to exceed $100 million. Eligible applicants include: municipal, rural, investor-owned utilities, nonprofit, and for-profit entities doing business in Ohio or an education or scientific institution located in Ohio.

The Ohio Coal Development Office administers the following programs

  • Ohio Coal Research Consortium – Provides grants to research institutions studying mechanisms critical to emissions formation and methods of control, or for uses of coal as a feedstock for other processes. This includes fundamental research, development and inquiry that enable the conversion or use of Ohio coal as a fuel or chemical feedstock in an environmentally acceptable manner.
  • Ohio Coal Demonstration and Pilot – Issues grants involving utility power producers, clean coal technology developers, research and development firms and universities directed toward the discovery of new technologies or the demonstration or application of existing technologies that enables the conversion or use of Ohio coal as a fuel or chemical feedstock in an environmentally acceptable manner. Up to three demonstration installations utilizing a specific technology are allowable.

Ohio Coal Demonstration and Pilot Program

The Ohio Development Services Agency’s Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) is issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) to interested parties to submit project proposals focused on the discovery of new technologies and processes, or the demonstration or application of existing technologies, that enables the conversion or use of Ohio coal as a fuel or chemical feedstock in an environmentally acceptable manner, including projects that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal consumption. Funds awarded through this RFP will be for projects located and/or work conducted in Ohio.

2018 Ohio Coal Demonstration and Pilot RFP

Ohio Coal Research Consortium

The Ohio Development Services Agency’s Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) is issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) to interested educational and scientific institutions to submit project proposals focused on generating results that will contribute toward, accelerate, or enable demonstration or early stage development of processes or technologies that can enhance or improve the use of Ohio coal in an environmentally acceptable manner. Funds awarded through this RFP will be for projects located and/or work conducted in Ohio by Ohio Universities and Colleges.

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