Columbia-based W.R. Grace chosen for energy research

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Columbia-based specialty chemical company W.R. Grace & Co. to conduct one of 16 research projects nationwide aimed at improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of advanced carbon-capture systems at coal-fired power plants.

DOE is giving Grace $3 million to fund about 80 percent of the cost of the project.

The 16 selections combined are valued at $41 million over three years.

Other participants are located in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York state, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington state.

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