“There are many exciting possibilities for the clean coal technology,” says Liang-Shih Fan, a chemical engineer and director of Ohio State University’s Clean Coal Research Laboratory. “We found a way to release the heat from coal without burning it. This could be applicable for many industries.”
Fan last week disclosed that he had discovered a way to get the energy out of coal without burning it, using iron-oxide pellets as an oxygen source, and contain the reaction in a small chamber from which pollutants cannot escape. The only waste product would be water and solid coal ash -- no greenhouse gases. As an added benefit, the metal from the iron-oxide is recyclable.
The energy creation process is commonly known as “oxidation,” and is the chemical combination of a substance with oxygen. The use of the process is envisioned by Fan and his colleagues as a replacement for old-fashioned coal power plants, which spew greenhouse gases.
Auto industry experts and other researchers are excited about the prospects for use of Fan’s clean coal technology to power fleets of cars across America, and as a possible rival to battery-powered hybrids and electric vehicles already in use.
If the technology can be successfully miniaturized enough to fit into cars, the fueling infrastructure needed to service them would not be all that difficult to develop, experts say.
“In using clean coal pellets, a customer could pull up to a filling station, where the clean coal pellets would be introduced into the on-car storage tank. This clean coal would then be used to generate electricity through an on-board generator, which would charge up the ultracapacitors,” suggests Chad Hall, founder and vice president of Ioxus, in Oneonta, N.Y., a maker of ultracapacitors for the auto industry.
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“While the generator supplies a steady output of energy for maintaining even speeds, the capacitor would be used for acceleration, or as an assist during hill-climbing,” said Hall. “The capacitors would continuously be recharged from the generator…and would also provide the necessary energy and heat to initiate the pellet oxidizing reaction during start-up.”
Of course Gene would bring the lunatic fringe with it to the board.
The Chinese are going forward with a big poly-generation effort for their coal plants. To the extent they have natural gas it is planned to be converted to methanol to offset oil imports.
Our EPA has made our CO2 emissions so clean from American power plants that co2 re cyclical is technically feasible and if the solar heating tower idea works out economically feasible. Our natural gas plants are ready to go. As noted a company in Iceland is already making commercial sales of methanol to the EU. But base load natural gas is the most foolish policy as it is best suited to peaker plants or plants very close to cities.
Much clearer coal is really just working and refining existing technology in the tool box. What it needs however is the end to this food based ethanol insanity so a natural market for methanol can develop which of course the Chinese have done.
Not wishing to fall behind the Chinese in economically viable technologies most especially around food and energy is what a real Americans Patriot does.
Stag? Well he likes to hang with foreign socialists on an investment board spewing endless delusion.