DOE requests info on small modular coal power plants

The Department of Energy has been trying to foster the development of small modular nuclear reactors for some time now and is now trying a similar approach with coal power.

The DOE is issuing a request for information on the design of small modular coal power plants.

DOE said such small power plants could provide “stable power generation with operational flexibility, high efficiency, and low emissions.”

“These plants of the future are envisioned to be modular for lower cost, designed using advanced methods, small scale, highly efficient (greater than 40 percent efficiency), and able to load follow to meet the demands of an evolving electricity grid,” according to the DOE request.