An improved understanding of the factors controlling the life cycles of metals is necessary to design effective strategies to reduce metal releases to the environment. Metals of interest include arsenic, lead, mercury, and selenium.
The proposed project will investigate the life cycle of metals during coal utilization. Effective management of this life cycle is critical to limiting emissions of metals to the atmosphere and preventing their release to the environment during the reuse and storage of coal fly ash. The project objectives are to develop the scientific basis for understanding the fate of metals at different stages of coal utilization and to identify means of mitigating metal releases to the environment.
The Consortium is under the umbrella of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES)
International collaborations are fostered through the McDonnell Academy Global Energy & Environment Partnership (MAGEEP)