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Two universities receive federal clean energy grant
The U.S. Department of Energy awards both Ohio State University and the University of Toledo $300,000 each. 

Jasen Sokol

The Department of Energy announced a series of grants this week to help fund clean coal research. Two Ohio universities are reaping the benefits.

Researchers at The Ohio State University received nearly $300,000 for research on new steels for high-efficiency steam turbines that can withstand temperatures of up to 1400 degrees while being cost-effective. The steels will allow coal-fired plants to run hotter, making them more efficient.

The University of Toledo received a $300,000 award for work on a new type of power plant that adds oxygen carriers to fuel to create a reaction that produces nothing but carbon dioxide. The CO2 is then used for other purposes and not released into the atmosphere. Bob Romanosky is the technology manager for cross-cutting research at the National Energy Technology Lab. He says the research should have a positive impact on the environment and on people’s wallets.

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“The overall goal for these awards is to minimize anything coming out of the power plants," says Ramonosky. That includes reducing CO2 levels to zero or near zero, reducing pollutants, getting more efficiency out of the plants, and reducing the cost of power production.

11 universities across the country split the over three million dollars in grant money awarded.

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