Popular Mechanics features article on FutureGen plant

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In a short December 18, 07 article, Popular Mechanics reviews the technology and promise of the FutureGen plant that is now set to be built in Matoon, IL.

The town of Mattoon beat out three other finalists as the site for the FutureGen coal gasification plan, which aims to convert coal into hydrogen and electricity while capturing and storing the carbon dioxide 3000 ft. underground. The U.S. Department of Energy hopes the $1.5 billion plant will generate 275 megawatts of electricity and power 150,000 homes, and be nearly free of greenhouse gas emissions.

There are also links to interesting articles on coal mining practices and coal gasification at the bottom of the article. They’re worth reading through as a good intro to either subject.

29. January 2008 by
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