Monday, March 31, 2014

Putting Clean Coal to the Test

Finally, the world's first two commercial-scale coal-fired power plants with full carbon capture and sequestration technology (CCS) will begin operating this year. National Geographic has the story here. CCS is a critical "bridging" technology," which can dramatically reduce carbon emissions (as well as emissions of toxic air pollutants) from power plants, while the world awaits the development of scalable, reliable (for base power supply) and affordable low- or non-carbon fuel sources. It will be most interesting to see how much carbon is removed and effectively sequestered, and at what cost.

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