December 2005

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HP Integration Strategies: Making coal the other clean gas

With the cost of oil hovering around $65/barrel, national energy policies are welcoming an old friend, coal. Coal is the world's most available and geographically distributed energy source. It is also..

With the cost of oil hovering around $65/barrel, national energy policies are welcoming an old friend, coal. Coal is the world's most available and geographically distributed energy source. It is also the lowest cost form of primary energy on a per-unit basis. Returning to coal as an energy staple requires clean coal technology (CCT) to reduce air emissions and other pollutants that are harmful to the environment and our health. The challenge lies in commercializing new technology so that coal use remains economically competitive despite the additional costs associated with achieving "zero emissions." Analysis. Worldwide, more than 4 billion tons of coal are mined each year. Most of the wo

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