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  • nomowk nomowk Sep 27, 2000 10:23 AM Flag

    It seems strange

    You seem to know what you are talking about. I am
    an amateur for sure, but I was under the impression
    that the slurry mix used in electric generation was
    formualted to facilitate the switch between coal and oil. I
    understand the problem with NG. It would have to be almost a
    stand alone type fuel system. Any comments would be
    appreciated.

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    • Coal slurry (a mixture of finely ground coal
      particles and water) has been demonstrated as a technology.
      It uses burner technology conceptually similar to
      oil burners. I never followed that technology much
      and can't remember why it hasn't been adopted more
      frequently. But it usually come down to one or both of two
      things:(1) there were technical glitches such as reliability
      or (2) it wasn't cost competitive. For a site to be
      dual fueled, would require the additional capital of
      having both of the fuel handling systems and methods of
      delivery, as well as some extra pollution control systems:
      not insignificant capital costs, for which one of the
      systems would be on stand by for years and years,
      awaiting the economic climate to do the switch. Again,
      just some ideas to further discussion.

 
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