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ORAU Seeks Proposals for Commercial Uses of TVA Coal Fly Ash

Agency Seeks Commercially Viable Applications for 11 Tennessee-, Kentucky-, and Alabama-based Fossil Plants

March 4, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is soliciting proposals for commercial reuse of coal fly ash. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will support development of high-volume, commercially viable uses for coal combustion products. Though this solicitation is part of TVA's continuing efforts to address coal fly ash issues that resulted from the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant, the scope of the request for proposals (RFP) includes 11 TVA fossil plants located throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

The Beneficial Use and Management of Coal Combustion Products RFP seeks technologies, processes and products that reduce the total amount of fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, and flue gas desulphurization residues that are currently bound for disposal. Proposals should be commercially viable and provide options for the beneficial reuse of the material or identify alternative collection methods that reduce the impacts of disposal.

Support from TVA for commercially viable applications of coal combustion products may be in the form of grants, subsidies or TVA in-kind services. The number of investigations supported and the total amount of support awarded will depend on:

  • the nature and quantity of proposals submitted,
  • the potential for commercial application, and
  • the potential for economic or environmental benefit.

Eligibility for the funding is open to colleges and universities, research and development institutions, private companies and individuals. Pre-proposals must be submitted electronically through the Beneficial Use and Management of Coal Combustion Products Web site and must be received no later March 14, 2010. Late submissions will not be reviewed and any proposal received by any other means will not be considered. Questions or requests for clarification related to this solicitation must be submitted to

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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