Environmental Control
  Power Plant

The Environmental Control effort was previously under the Innovations for Existing Plants (IEP) program and now falls under the Crosscutting Research Program. Environmental Control effort is an integral part of NETL’s Coal and Power Systems RD&D portfolio with the mission to develop innovative environmental control technologies that will enable full use of the nation’s vast coal reserves, while at the same time allowing the current fleet of coal-fired power plants to comply with existing and emerging environmental regulations. This effort provides a pathway to success in meeting our mission through the R&D activities listed on the grey navigation bar on the right-hand side of this page. In FY08, the research was redirected its focus from the development of advanced mercury and NOx emissions control technologies and coal utilization byproduct (CUB) research to CO2 emissions control for existing plants and Water-Energy Interface R&D. The focus on CO2 emissions control technology – both post-combustion and oxy-combustion – and related CO2 compression is in direct response to the priority placed on advancing technological options for the existing fleet of coal-fired power plants for addressing climate change. The Water-Energy Interface R&D activity is ongoing, but funding for future projects in this area is not expected. While no new R&D in the areas of water, mercury, CUB, NOx, air quality research, and particulate matter emissions control will be initiated, the IEP webpage will continue to report on progress made on all active projects in these areas, as well as maintain information on completed projects.

C02  Emissions Control 

This research program focuses on CO2 emissions control technology – both post-combustion and oxy-combustion – and related areas of CO2 compression and CO2 beneficial reuse.

Energy and Water Interface

To develop domestic energy resources and protect the water supply while providing reliable power in the 21st century.

Mercury Control

The NETL Mercury Emissions Control Research Program manages the largest funded research program in the country for developing an understanding of fossil combustion-based mercury emissions.

Solid Waste

The Coal Utilization By-Products (CUB) program is sponsoring research to support the environmentally safe, technically sound handling of CUB material.

NOx Control

Commercially available technologies that effectively reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from coal-fired boilers are enabling industry compliance with today's regulatory requirements.

Air Quality Research

The goal of the Air Quality Research Program at NETL is to resolve the scientific uncertainties associated with the atmospheric formation, distribution, and chemical transformation of pollutant emissions from today's coal-fired power plants, and to obtain a realistic assessment of the human health impacts of these emissions.

Particulate Control

This NETL research program seeks to develop cost-effective control technology for primary fine particulates and associated trace metals (e.g., lead, arsenic, etc.); gaseous precursors that react in the atmosphere to form secondary fine particles; and acid gases that can create visible plumes and are reportable under the Toxic Release Inventory.