Barriers to the Commercialization and Adoption of New Underground Coal Mining Technologies in the U.S.

Interim Results

by Tom LaTourrette, Liam Regan

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This report presents interim results of a project characterizing barriers to the development, commercialization, and adoption of new technologies for use in underground coal mining in the U.S. The findings are based on structured interviews with representatives of organizations involved in the U.S. underground coal mining technology market. The full scope of the project includes a workshop in which barriers will be refined and prioritized and options for eliminating barriers will be developed. The results of the workshop will be incorporated into a final report published at a later date.

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