Coal Beneficiation at NETL focuses on both enhancing the value of coal as a feedstock and developing new high-value products derived from coal. Research includes testing of laboratory and pilot scale technologies to produce upgraded coal feedstocks and additional revenue producing products. Expanding existing coal property databases assists research efforts and informs potential consumers in domestic global markets.
Coal Beneficiation Technologies will Extract the Full Economic Value from Our Nation’s Coal Resources by:
Expanding The Coal Value Chain
The U.S. coal value chain can be extended by manufacturing carbon products directly from coal instead of using petrochemical or biomass feedstocks or by expanding markets for existing coal products (Beige shaded area in the graphic.)
The Coal Beneficiation Technology area has three primary R&D areas: