New Tech Could Bring Coal Power Roaring Back To Life

The Japanese are showcasing new technology that drastically cuts emissions and increases efficiency of coal-fired power plants, which could threaten the viability of importing natural gas.

A new experimental power plant in Osakikamijima burns coal under high temperatures to convert it into a gas, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 30 percent while also increasing plant efficiency. The project also has a fuel cell facility to extract hydrogen from gasified coal and force it to react with oxygen to generate power.

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