July 2008

Bonus Report: Alternative Energy Sources

Large-scale, coal-to-chemicals production nears reality

China's utilization of well-established gasification technology turns low-rank and waste coal into valuable feedstocks for high-demand products

Vail, T., Synthesis Energy Systems Inc.

Ever-increasing concern about over-dependence on expensive imported crude oil and natural gas, and a plentiful supply of low-rank and waste coal, are combining to fuel rapid construction of coal-gasification plants in China. The same concerns and market conditions, combined with the $4+/gal cost of gasoline, are also drawing the attention of major US coal producers seeking alternative domestic revenue streams amid growing environmental concerns. They are looking to China as a proving ground for large-scale coal gasification, to see whether that nation can relatively inexpensively and cleanly achieve energy independence amid that nation's breakneck economic growth and industrialization. Es

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