Tag Results for gasification (13)

  1. Giving FutureGen a Second Chance

    FutureGen -- the carbon-neutral coal power project initiated and then killed under the Bush Administration -- looks increasingly likely to be resuscitated under President Obama after proponents met with Energy Secretary Steven Chu this week. There is now good reason to take a fresh look at this proposed coal gasification power plant which integrates carbon capture and storage (CCS) from the ground up. Those words don't come easy for this longtime FutureGen critic. But the context has changed since FutureGen was conceived in 2003, …

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  2. Stealth Coal: Like it or lump it

    Oil and gas major ConocoPhilips and coal giant Peabody Energy applied for a permit yesterday to build a plant in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky to turn coal into synthetic natural gas. What interests me are not so much the details of their project but the fact that it's just one more example of what a longtime source of mine, Gasification Technologies Council CEO Jim Childress, calls stealth coal. …

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  3. Black Liquor as Biofuels' White Knight

    Biofuels have really taken a beating this year in the court of public opinion, as concerns mounted over the impact of biofuel production on everything from biodiversity to food prices to water supplies. IEEE Spectrum reader Luc Rolland of Preston, England captured the sense of disillusionment in his letter to the editors this summer: "Valuing biofuel is very controversialâ''it impoverishes developing countries, and the true energy cost of biofuel is not worth it." But there are low-hanging fruit that respond to all of Rolland's concerns. Today, at MIT's TechReview.com, I take a look …

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  4. Clean Coal's Mountainous Upstream Blindspot

    Gasification-based IGCC power plant technology offers a powerful means of cleaning up local air pollution from coal-fired power and, via carbon capture and storage, its carbon footprint. I have argued in past that it should be legally mandated for new power plants burning coal because (1) air pollution laws require use of the best emissions controls available, (2) carbon capture and storage will be economically viable under emerging carbon caps and taxes, and (3) adding new carbon emissions from coal is …

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