The Crosscutting Research Portfolio of Programs mature novel technologies for commercialization that can enhance new and existing fossil power plants.
Program develops novel materials that aim to reduce the cost and time needed to develop and commercialize fossil energy applications in extreme operating environments.
Program conducts R&D within the technical areas of advanced sensors, distributed intelligent controls and cybersecurity to realize flexible operation, enhance reliability, and improve efficiency for fossil-based power plants.
Program enables researchers to observe experiments with phenomena and key elements that are either not observable or impractical to research in-situ applications.
Program analyzes the inextricable relationship between power generation and water usage, with the aim of reducing water consumption and increase plant efficiency.
Program develops energy storage technologies to promote a seamless transition between baseload and intermittent sources of electrical power.
Program sponsors two of the longest-running university training initiatives, including University Coal Research (UCR), and, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI). Both programs reinforce fossil energy research-based education, training, and workforce development.