In early 2019 the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) announced their $4.8 million project, which is aimed to develop the next generation of science and engineering professionals in the fossil energy sector. The research and development (R&D) projects are under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) University Training and Research for Fossil Energy Applications.  The funding is part of FE’s University Training and Research initiative.

The project will take interest in subjects such as:

Application of Novel Analytic Methods to Determine Arsenic and/or Selenium Concentration in Fly Ash Waste Streams Generated from Coal Combustion, Cybersecure Sensors for Fossil Power Generation, Modeling Existing Coal Plant Challenges Using High-Performance Computing and Coal Plant Effluent Water Reuse.  

Now in Phase II of the project,  the U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) partnered with Colorado based Taekion, who created a security application designed to prevent cyberattacks by leveraging applications on blockchain-based technology to secure the power plant.

Taekion’s main objective in this leg of the project is to explore how blockchain technology will be used to secure a power plant with a $1 million push in to the project other objectives include, the development of secure energy transactions to protect process data at power generation facilities as well as increase grid reliability and integrate a more decentralized energy infrastructure.

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