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Hybrid system could cut coal-plant emissions in half

This is pretty exciting news from MIT.

Most of the world’s nations have agreed to make substantial reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions, but achieving these goals is still a considerable technological, economic, and political challenge. The International Energy Agency has projected that, even with the new agreements in place, global coal-fired power generation will increase over the next few decades. Finding a cleaner way of using that coal could be a significant step toward achieving carbon-emissions reductions while meeting the needs of a growing and increasingly industrialized world population.

04. April 2016 by Jason Hayes
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CCUS Options for Coal Plant Conversion

Editor’s note: This article was originally published to the ACC’s online magazine website ( in July, 2014. It has been moved to the Coalblog as part of our redesign of our online publications.

Opportunities and research available to form solutions

By Walter James O’Brien

CCUS Options for Coal Plant Conversion
No one in history has ever won a purely defensive war. Even with no U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory constraints, coal industries must deploy their Spreadsheet Army of generation planners and CFOs to aggressively address the problems of shrinking demand, the high cost of upgrade money, unavailability of engaged and adequately trained employees, the destabilizing financial impact of disruptive technological innovation and the rising cost of maintaining older equipment if coal is to survive as an industry.

02. July 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Pakistan to Produce Gas – by Burning Underground Coal

Editor’s Note: We are reprinting (with permission) an article that considers the widespread need for improved access to electricity in developing countries. The author notes that Pakistani officials are moving forward on a plan to produce gas from deep coal reserves in the Tharparkar desert in eastern Pakistan.

While some criticism exists – and is described in the article – it focuses primarily on the management structure and the processes guiding the development, as opposed to the need for developing the resource.

Access to affordable and abundant energy is a basic necessity for any developed (or developing) nation and restrictions on the free flow of that energy hamstrings an economy and markets.

11. January 2012 by Jason Hayes
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