DOE SEEKING COAL LIQUEFACTION PROPOSALS

The U.S. Department of Energy is asking industry and universities for research proposals to convert coal into liquid fuels at costs competitive with imported oil. DOE said the potential of recent innovations has encouraged it to look for new approaches to reduce the cost of liquids from coal, essentially placing a lid at about $25/bbl on the price of imported oil. A two stage process at DOE's Wilsonville, Ala., pilot plant has produced substantial improvements in coal liquefaction

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