The Ohio Coal Development Office invests in the development and implementation of technologies that can use Ohio's vast reserves of coal in an economical, environmentally sound manner. Projects are identified through public solicitations and may include technologies that improve combustion efficiencies, remove various pollutants from emissions, develop productive uses for the by-products of combustion, and investigate new uses for coal as a feedstock. The aggregate principal amount of money borrowed, bonds and other obligations issued by the state for this program is not to exceed $100 million. Eligible applicants include: municipal, rural, investor-owned utilities, nonprofit, and for-profit entities doing business in Ohio or an education or scientific institution located in Ohio.
The Ohio Development Services Agency's Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) is issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) to interested educational and scientific institutions to submit project proposals focused on generating results that will contribute toward, accelerate, or enable demonstration or early stage development of processes or technologies that can enhance or improve the use of Ohio coal in an environmentally acceptable manner. Funds awarded through this RFP will be for projects located and/or work conducted in Ohio by Ohio Universities and Colleges.