The Center is conducting research to reduce the environmental effects of burning coal to produce electricity. Coal is currently the cheapest and most widely available energy source, and will remain in use for several more decades. Stricter regulations on coal plant emissions have created a great need for research in this field.
The Center will focus on improving environmental control technologies for coal power plants, including improving emission controls and developing new materials and processes to capture and store or find a use for carbon emissions. The Center is another step toward making the University of South Carolina an international leader in future fuels/energy research.
Two research projects have been initiated: one on the refining of crushed coal by particle size, and the second on pressure swing adsorption cycles for CO2 capture from coal-fired power plants.
Santee Cooper and the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina have provided the non-state matching funds for this Center.