Advanced turbine systems (ATS), including microturbines, andfuel cells, took the top dollars in the Department of Energyresearch, development and demonstration budget for FY99, accordingto a budget assessment by the American Gas Association. Overall,AGA estimated DOE’s research funding for natural gas set a newrecord at $246 million. That’s up from the $209 million in thisyear’s budget.
“The increase in the natural gas RD&D budget signifies arecognition by the administration and the Congress that natural gaswill power the next century,” said Steve Crout, AGA director ofgovernment relations.
Microturbines and small industrial turbines captured $56.7million of the total, while development of four different types offuel cells was allotted about $52 million. Natural gas vehicles got$27.6 million and gas heat pumps received $8.6 million.
On the upstream end, of the fossil energy research budget $26.5million was allocated to supply projects with the largest part,$13.4 million going to E&P projects and $9.1 million going toemerging processing technology applications.
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