May 2009

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Renewed interest for US IGCC, carbon-capture coal power plant

A proposal to build a futuristic coal-burning power plant in central Illinois that languished under the Bush administration has received a fresh look from the new US Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Suppo..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A proposal to build a futuristic coal-burning power plant in central Illinois that languished under the Bush administration has received a fresh look from the new US Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Supporters of the project have pitched FutureGen as a cutting-edge attempt to burn coal for power and trap CO2 emissions. Coal-fired power plants generate about one-half of US electricity and about one-third of its CO2 emissions. In 2003, the Department of Energy (DOE) initiated FutureGen—a commercial-scale, coal-fired power plant to incorporate integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), an advanced generating technology, with carbon capture and storage. The plant was to capture and store

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