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About Clean Coal Technologies

"Clean coal" in this context means a sustainable solid hydrocarbon value chain with a focus on efficient and clean coal utilization, i.e. coal use aiming at zero or significantly reduced emissions by means of enhanced plant efficiency and CO2 capture and storage.

Under this activity, research, development and demonstration of technologies shall be conducted to substantially improve plant efficiency. In addition, also reliability and cost issues of coal and other solid hydrocarbon (including oil shale) conversion technologies producing also secondary energy carriers (including hydrogen) and liquid or gaseous fuels shall be addressed.

The cross-cutting actions between activities energy.5 and energy.6 are based on previous actions initiated under the FP5 and FP6 and take into account results as well as work under way. Their common aim is to enable the arrival of an integrated technological solution allowing for zero emission power generation from fossil fuels.

The aim and expected impact of the overall activity (shared with Activity energy.5: CO2 capture and storage technologies for zero emission power generation) are:

  • the development of more cost effective zero emission fossil fuel based power plants to enable the use of fossil fuel reserves with a substantially reduced environmental impact
  • the development of safer storage, monitoring and verification techniques for geological storage to enable the large scale deployment of zero emission fossil fuel power plants with a wide public acceptance. It would also enable the qualification of such plants into the European Emission Trading Schemes
  • the development of clean coal technologies with a view to delivering zero emission to enable the wider use of indigenous solid hydrocarbon (hard coal, lignite, oil shale and other solid fossil fuel) resources, as well as widely abundant traded coal, compatible with the environment.

All these actions would put the European industry in these sectors in a better position for markets in the EU and outside, in a carbon-constrained world.

Two areas are identified in this activity:

  1. Conversion technologies for zero emission power generation : projects in this area should address the necessary research, development and demonstration of conversion technologies required for solid hydrocarbons, such as hard coal, lignite, oil shale, including co-utilisation of biomass, with a view towards zero emission power generation and further advanced efficiency. Work is required on the mainstream technologies, pulverised fuel combustion, gasification, as well as on the application of fluidised bed technologies.
    The expected impact of the research activities in this area would be to increase power plant efficiency and thereby pave the way for CO2 capture and storage. In addition, activities shall contribute to enabling coal and other solid hydrocarbons to play a greater role in the EU power generation sector, thereby helping the EU supply security.
  2. Coal-based poly-generation : work should cover the efficient conversion of solid hydrocarbons into power and/or heat possibly coupled with the production of secondary energy carriers including hydrogen as well as gaseous or liquid fuels. Conversion processes based on gasification, liquefaction should be envisaged, coupled with CO2 capture and storage, as these schemes are only sustainable if the carbon is captured.

As expected impact, it is foreseen that this would allow solid hydrocarbons to play a greater and more sustainable role in the energy sector. Coal and other solid hydrocarbons would provide primary energy to supply other sectors than just merely power generation and also enhance the flexibility of the plants with regard to changing market conditions.

Cross cutting issues include areas related to "CO2 capture and storage for zero emission power generation" and "clean coal technologies" such as "power generation technologies for integrated zero emission solutions" and "cross cutting and regulatory issues".


Call that covers this activity: FP7-ENERGY-2010-2

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ACTIVITY ENERGY.6: CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGIES
Area
Topics Called
Funding Schemes
Call
AREA ENERGY.6.1: Conversion Technologies for Zero Emission Power Generation
Topic ENERGY 2007 6.1.1: Solid fuel gasification development - improvement of gasifier technologies Collaborative Project
2
 
Topic ENERGY 2007 6.2.1: Poly-generation concepts for coal fired power plants Collaborative Project
2


CROSS-CUTTING ACTIONS BETWEEN ACTIVITIES ENERGY.5 AND ENERGY.6 (Activity ENERGY.5 & 6)
Area
Topics Called
Funding Schemes
Call
AREA ENERGY.5 & 6.1: Power Generation Technologies for Integrated Zero Emission Solutions
Topic ENERGY 2007 5 & 6.1.1: Feasibility study and development of an integrated solution for a large scale zero emission fossil fuel power plant Collaborative Project (large-scale integrating project)
1
AREA ENERGY.5 & 6.2: Cross Cutting and Regulatory Issues
Topic ENERGY 2007 5 & 6.2.1: Support to regulatory activities for CO2 capture and storage Coordination and Support Action (support type)
1
 
Topic ENERGY 2007 5&6.2.2: Support to regulatory activities for zero emission power generation Coordination and Support Action (support type)
2
 
Topic ENERGY 2007 5 & 6.2.3: Socio-economic assessment of pathways for the deployment of CCS in Europe Coordination and Support Action (support type)
1
 
Topic ENERGY 2007 5 & 6.2.4: Initiating a CO2 value chain in the energy sector using early opportunities Collaborative Project
2
 
Topic ENERGY 2007 5 & 6.2.5: Extending the value chain for GHG emissions other than CO2 associated with coal production and use Collaborative Project
2
 
Topic ENERGY 2007 5 & 6.2.6: Support to international collaboration in zero emission power generation (Specific International Cooperation Action) Coordination and Support Action (support type)
1

For more details please read the Annual Work Programme for 2007 on the "Energy" cooperation theme

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Last updated on: 2010-02-10