Here are some of the broad reaching effects of generating electricity from coal at 55% efficiency:
· 30% less coal is needed for the same power output
· 30% fewer emissions are generated for the same power output
· The life of existing power generation resources is extended
· The capacity of existing power generation assets is increased
· The cost savings can fund the upgrade increasing adoption in poor or competitive cultural environments
· The life of energy reserves is extended
· The amount of CO2 generated is reduced by 30%
· The feasibility of capturing CO2 is increased in that there is less to capture with funds to help offset the cost
· Emission controls can be added without increasing cost to consumers
Meeting the need for combined cycle coal power generation truly offers opportunity. Opportunity to meet the continued need for coal and the need to improve its use.
What if We Could Greatly Increase Coal Efficiency...
What if We Could Greatly Reduce Coal Pollution ...
We Believe We Have Found a Way to do Both.
Creating a "Combined Cycle" for coal power is one of the most significant opportunities of our time.
The process of using the energy of expanding gas from combustion is called the "Brayton Cycle". Currently coal power generation does not use the Brayton gas cycle to create electricity. Adding this gas cycle to the existing steam cycle will result in a new coal "Combined Cycle" process. The resulting increased efficiency will greatly benefit the world by increasing capacity of coal power generated from existing plants while reducing the negative consequences.
Consider the following graphic. The addition of combined cycle technology to natural gas power generation had a dramatic impact on efficiency and emissions. Natural gas power production efficiency went from around 35% to where it is now at over 55%. This same result is possible for coal power generation.
Combined Cycle effect on a portion of the US gas fleet