Advanced Coal Technology

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Conventional coal use poses a challenge to meeting the ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals announced by the United States and China in November 2014. As the two countries transition to a low-carbon economy, coal will remain in the energy mix. CERC’s Advanced Coal Technology Consortium (ACTC) focus its R&D in the following topic areas: Advanced Power Generation, Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing on a Large-scale Demonstration Project, CO2 Utilization and Storage, and System Analysis and Modeling. R&D in these areas will allow the continued use of coal as a strategic, economic, and secure fuel—while enhancing environmental protection. James Wood from West Virginia University leads the U.S. consortium. Dr. Zheng Chuguang of Huazhong University of Science and Technology leads the China consortium.

These two Advanced Coal Technology Consortia (collectively, the CERC-ACTC) have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (Bilingual PDF) to significantly advance technology in the area of clean coal, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage, in both China and the United States.

U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to a Technology Management Plan (TMP) (Bilingual PDF) regarding intellectual property rights. The Agreement (English PDF Chinese PDF) protects American and Chinese research, scientists, and engineers by ensuring their intellectual property rights for the technology they create.

The CERC Advanced Coal Technology Consortium currently includes the following U.S. members:

  • Lead:
  • Partners:
    • Alstom/GE (Washington, DC)
    • Arch Coal (St. Louis, MO)
    • Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC)
    • Gas Technology Institute (Des Plaines, IL)
    • Illinois State Geological Survey (Champaign, IL)
    • Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
    • Jupiter Oxygen Corp (Schiller Park, IL)
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA)
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM)
    • LP Amina (Charlotte, NC)
    • National Energy Technology Laboratory (Morgantown, WV and Pittsburgh, PA)
    • Peabody Energy (St. Louis, MO)
    • Stock Equipment (Chagrin Falls, OH)
    • Southern Company (Atlanta, GA)
    • University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
    • University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)
    • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
    • World Resources Institute (Washington, DC)

The CERC Advanced Coal Technology Consortium currently includes the following Chinese members:

  • Lead:
    • Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan)
  • Partners:
    • China Huaneng Group Clean Energy Research Institute (Beijing)
    • China Power Engineering Consulting Group Corporation (CPECC) (Beijing)
    • China Power Investment Corporation (Beijing)
    • China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)
    • Dongfang Boiler Group Co. Ltd. (Chengdu)
    • ENN (XinAo Group) (Langfang)
    • Gemeng International Energy Co. Ltd (Taiyuan)
    • Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin)
    • Institute for Rock & Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Science (Wuhan)
    • Northwest University (Xi’an)
    • Research Center for Energy & Power, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing and Lianyungang, Jiangsu)
    • Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group Co., Ltd. (Xi’an)
    • Shanghai JiaoTong University (Shanghai)
    • Tsinghua University (Beijing)
    • Zhejiang University (Hangzhou)