NSW grant to support low-emission coal technologies

The NSW Government is offering $8.5 million to innovative projects that could deliver solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with coal.

The Coal Innovation NSW Fund is now open for a third round of grants for research, development and demonstration projects in low emissions coal technologies through a competitive expressions of interest (EOI) process.

The Department of Planning and Environment’s Coal Innovation NSW program director Rick Fowler said academics, researchers and industry are encouraged to apply for the funding pool.

“The Coal Innovation NSW Fund is a vital tool in reducing our state’s carbon dioxide emissions, now and into the future,” Mr Fowler said.

“We have two separate but concurrent EOI application processes that are now open.

“There are research grants capped at $1.5 million over two years and one-year seed grants, which will provide successful applicants with $100,000.

“The government is looking for projects that could deliver ground breaking innovation aimed at low emissions coal technologies for future commercial application, we want to see those world leading projects developed here in NSW.”

Projects must be designed for the use of coal, and/or for coal-fired power stations and such industrial sites as cement and steel production in NSW, and be directly related to aspects relevant to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal.

The four-week application period closes Monday, March 12.