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DOE Fossil Energy R&D Projects in Iowa


Number of Projects

Total Value*
(Million $)

DOE Share
(Million $)

Job Benefits**

Coal & Power Projects





*Includes DOE and private sector cost-sharing

**An average of 28.5 direct and indirect jobs per $1 million in R&D funding is used based on the Department of Commerce's Regional Input-Output Modeling System II formula.

Iowa State University to Measure, Control, and Monitor the Effects of Power Plant Emissions
  • Hydrogen from Ethanol - Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, IA, is developing an array of mesoporous manganese silicate mixed oxide materials as catalysts for the production of ethanol from synthesis gas.  A high-pressure reactor system for producing ethanol from a simulated synthesis gas stream will be constructed. Using the first generation catalyst, the reactor will be used to demonstrate the production of ethanol from a simulated synthesis gas stream. A reactor system for evaluating ethanol reformability will also be constructed. The production of hydrogen from ethanol will be demonstrated. DOE is contributing $2.75 million to this $3.44 million project.

Ames Laboratory Developing Advanced Materials and Components for Power Plants

  • Sensor Network Development - Researchers at Ames National Laboratory, Ames, IA, are developing a new paradigm for power plant sensor use and power plant control strategies. This paradigm is based on managing and working with sensors as smart, self organizing devices that can perform tasks as a group. Central to this strategy is the task of the synchronization of heterogeneous sensors with widely varying capabilities using strategies based on self organization. DOE is fully funding this $410,000 project.
  • Improved Atomization Processing for Fossil Energy Applications - In this project, Ames Laboratory will design and develop metallic filters having uniform, closely controlled porosity using an unique spherical powder processing and sintering technique.  The corrosion resistance of the filter materials will be evaluated under simulated Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle gaseous environments in order to determine the optimum alloy composition and filter structure. DOE is fully funding this $1.06 million project. 
  • High Temperature Materials Processing - Ames Laboratory will concentrate on novel processing and characterization methods to develop alloys for components in heat exchangers and non-load bearing components in gas turbines and coal-fired power generators that can withstand operating temperatures in excess of 1,600 degrees Celsius under normal operating conditions for 1,000 hours or more. DOE is fully funding this $836,000 project.


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