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Just a the coal companies go on the air with ads that could be Obama campaign commercials, down to the Yes We Can (make coal clean,) the real world intrudes. Tags: clean coal

MIT study concludes that absent climate policy, coal-to-liquids could account for around a third of global liquid fuels by 2050

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A new assessment of the viability of coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology by researchers from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change (JPSPGC) found that without climate policy, CTL has the potential to account for around a third of global liquid fuels by 2050.

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The 80-20 Rule

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Fueling a car on gasoline made from coal (Coal-To-Liquids or CTL) emits twice as much greenhouse gas as gasoline from crude oil. Why is fueling a PHEV from coal electricity better than gasoline ?

Inside The Green Task Force

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Pasadena has its own city water and power company which means Pasadena can give its residents the option of buying green power - while at the same time the city has an agreement in place that forces them to buy coal-generated electricity from Utah power plants until the year 2026.

PHEV's and Water Consumption

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Water Supply, Researcher Says By Jennifer Bogo Popular Mechanics March 7, 2008 "A 30-mile commute in a gasoline-powered car would require the withdrawal of 18.9

Hawaii opts for EVs and renewable energy

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Clean base load energy is particularly important since that is usually generated by nukes, burning coal or, in the case of Hawaii, oil. Published: December 2, 2008. My wife, Zan, and I were recently on the Big Island, Hawaii, and while there we toured the state’s only geothermal plant. It’s located close to the town of Hilo on the island’s east side and on the flank of Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano.

Hot Tub Time Machine WayBack Wednesday – Reposted Word-for-Word from June 25 of 2008

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Right now, here in 2008 the cat is on the roof for global warming. And start speaking up and speaking out against patently stupid and dangerous ideas like drilling for more oil domestically or using our abundant coal resources.

BP Statistical Review finds global oil share down for 12th year in a row, coal share up to highest level since 1969; renewables at 2%

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Coal’s market share of 30.3% Oil demand grew by less than 1%—the slowest rate amongst fossil fuels—while gas grew by 2.2%, and coal was the only fossil fuel with above average annual consumption growth at 5.4% Coal was again the fastest growing fossil fuel with predictable consequences for carbon emissions; it now accounts for 30.3% OECD coal consumption declined by 1.1%, although the EU used 3.6% Coal Fuels Natural Gas Nuclear Oil Power Generation

Serving My Country – My Patriotic Duty

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Here he is singing it solo acoustic in 2008. ” No terrorist organization or foreign country has the power or ability to destroy what we love most about our country the way the oil, coal and gas industries are doing right now using our climate as a weapon of mass destruction.

Pew survey finds a 10 percentage point shift over past year in public opinion toward expanded production of fossil fuels; 78% favor fuel efficiency standards

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Opinion about tax cuts for energy companies is about where it was in 2008. Conservative Republicans now prioritize traditional energy sources over alternative sources by a 65% to 26% margin; a year ago they were divided (47% oil, coal, natural gas vs. 43% alternative energy).

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Headwaters Inc and Axens Form Direct Coal Liquefaction Alliance

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Headwaters direct coal liquefaction process. Headwaters Inc and Axens are forming a strategic alliance to provide a single-source solution for producing synthetic fuels by direct coal liquefaction (DCL) alone or in combination with refinery residues or biomass. Coal consumption.

Fossil Fuel Production Up in 2008 Despite Recession

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World production of fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas—increased 2.9% in 2008 to reach 27.4 Coal has led the growth in fossil fuel production. In 2000, coal provided 28% of the world’s fossil fuel energy production, compared with 45% for oil. By 2008, coal production represented a third of fossil energy production. The growth in China’s coal consumption since 2000 dwarfs that of all other countries combined. in 2008 to reach 7.6

Baard Energy raises $2.5B for coal/biomass-to-liquids plant in Ohio; construction to begin late spring or early summer 2011

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Baard Energy LLC, a company seeking to build a coal/biomass-to-liquids (CBTL) plant in Ohio ( earlier post ) has raised $2.5B from investors in the coal and energy markets and is preparing to begin construction of the nearly $6 billion Ohio River Clean Fuels Project by late spring or early summer. Youngstown Business Journal.

Xinjiang Ramps Up Coal Production

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China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region—which, with coal reserves of about 2,190 billion tonnes is estimated to have about 40% of China’s total coal reserves—will launch 139 large and medium-sized coal mines by 2010. The coal output in Xinjiang hit nearly 67.7 million tonnes in 2008 and the amount is expected to reach 80 million tonnes this year and 100 million tonnes in 2010. Xinhua.

Peabody Energy and GreatPoint Energy To Partner on Coal-to-Gas and Coal-to-Hydrogen Facilities with Carbon Capture and Storage

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Overview of the bluegas catalytic coal methanation process. in 2008. By adding a catalyst to the coal gasification system, GreatPoint Energy is able to reduce the operating temperature in the gasifier, while directly promoting the reactions that yield methane, (CH 4 ).

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Regal Resources Secures Funding for Underground Coal-to-Liquids Pilot Test

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cents to fund the pilot test of a novel Underground Coal to Liquids (UCTL) process near Melbourne. UCTL is an in situ process that converts brown coal/lignite to liquid hydrocarbon and gas products within the coal seam. Tags: Coal-to-Liquids (CTL

DOE, RTI to Design and Build Coal Syngas Cleanup System for IGCC Power Plants to Reduce Cost of Removing Contaminants, Capturing CO2; Potential for Synthetic Chemicals and Fuels

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The system also holds the potential to reduce the cost of producing chemicals, transportation fuels, and substitute natural gas from gasified coal. In 2008, RTI International and Eastman Chemical Company agreed to develop and commercialize jointly developed syngas cleanup technology.

Russia Considering Coal-to-Liquids Plant

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Russia is considering building a coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, according to Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko, speaking at an energy forum in Moscow. Russia holds the world’s second largest recoverable coal reserves (173 billion short tons), behind the United States (274 billion short tons), according to a 2008 assessment by the US Energy Information Administration. Russia abounds in black and brown coal that can be used to synthesize liquid fuel. Businessmir.

GSI/UNEP conference report finds fossil-fuel subsidy reform complex and challenges sobering; ~1% of global GDP spent on fossil-fuel subsidies

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In 2008, a report by UNEP called for the elimination of fossil-fuel subsidies, concluding that such subsidies often lead to increased levels of consumption and waste; place a heavy burden on government finances; can undermine private and public investment in the energy sector; and do not always end up helping the people who need them most. Coal Natural Gas Oil Policy

CO2 and Methane Emissions Continued Rise in 2008 Despite Economic Slump

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million tons of methane in the atmosphere at the end of December 2008. The increases in CO 2 and methane during 2008 are slightly less than those measured in 2007, but fall well within the range of yearly fluctuations from natural changes, according to NOAA experts.

Chinas 2008 GDP Up 9.6%, Unit GDP Energy Consumption Down 5.2%

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China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revised key economic figures for 2008 following its second national economic census, including gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate, energy use growth rate, and rate of reduction in energy use per unit of GDP. The country’s 2008 GDP growth rate has been revised upward from 9.0 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent, including 80.3 billion tonnes of raw coal. Xinhua.

Annual Increase in Global CO2 Emissions Halved in 2008; Decrease in Fossil Oil Consumption, Increase in Renewables Share

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in 2008, against 3.3% billion tonnes in 2008. In particular in the US, where gasoline prices almost doubled in the summer of 2008 compared to 2007 levels, oil consumption dropped 7% decrease. In 2008, biofuels contributed about 2.5% increase in 2008, a drop from 9.5%

EPA: US greenhouse gases up 2% in 2013; increased coal consumption, cool winter

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The increase from 2012 to 2013 was due to an increase in the carbon intensity of fuels consumed to generate electricity due to an increase in coal consumption, with decreased natural gas consumption, according to the report. US GHG emissions by sector, 1990-2013. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge.

BG Group sanctions US$15B coal seam gas to LNG project; first such

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BG Group has approved implementation of the first phase of a US$15-billion project to convert coal seam gas (CSG) to LNG—the first major commercial project to do so. QCLNG will involve expanding QGC’s existing coal seam gas production in the Surat Basin of southern Queensland; building a 730 km (454-mile) buried natural gas pipeline network; and constructing the natural gas liquefaction where the gas will be converted to LNG for export. Coal seam gas and LNG.

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Hyperbaric Centrifuge Technology Successfully Dewaters Coal Fines

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A dewatering technology developed at Virginia Tech has succeeded in reducing the moisture content of ultrafine coal to less than 20%, transforming it to a salable product. Camicia Professor of Mining and Mineral Engineering in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, and his colleagues developed a hyperbaric centrifuge that can efficiently dewater coal as fine as talcum powder. During recent prototype tests at Arch Coal Company’s Cardinal plant in Logan County, W.Va.,

Reduction in diesel carbonyl emissions using F-T fuel from coal

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Researchers from Tianjin University and Xiangfan Da An Automobile Test Center report in a paper in the journal Fuel that while the profiles of total carbonyl compounds (CBCs) emitted by conventional diesel (DF) and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic diesel produced from coal (CFT) show no significant differences, the use of CFT resulted in significant reductions of total and individual CBCs. Jakober, 2008). Kleeman (2008) “Carbonyl Emissions from Gasoline and Diesel Motor Vehicles,”.

Shell Postpones Coal-to-Liquids Venture With Shenhua

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Royal Dutch Shell is postponing a coal-to-liquids (CTL) joint project with Shenhua Group in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region in China. “In But the company will keep playing an active role in China’s coal gasification sector, he added. In 2006, Shell signed an agreement with Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Co. to start a feasibility study on an indirect (Fischer-Tropsch-based) coal-to-liquids project. China Daily.

GCP Carbon Budget Finds Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions Rose 2% in 2008 Despite Global Financial Crisis; Natural Sinks Not Keeping Pace With Increasing Emissions

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Despite the economic effects of the global financial crisis (GFC), carbon dioxide emissions from human activities rose 2% in 2008 to an all-time high of 1.3 The authors, under the umbrella of the Global Carbon Project , reported a 29% increase in global CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel between 2000 and 2008 (the latest year for which figures are available), and by 41% between 2008 and 1990, the reference year of the Kyoto Protocol. Global carbon budget 2008.

Alberta to Host Underground Coal Gasification Demo; Update on Linc Chinchilla UCG In Australia

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million) toward a $30-million underground coal gasification (UCG) project with Swan Hills Synfuels of Calgary. The deep formations could also store carbon dioxide after the coal is turned into gas. Simplified UCG process. Click to enlarge.

US Air Force Halts Coal-to-Liquids Plant Project

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After a thorough review of project requirements and information submitted by a team of functional experts, Air Force officials have determined proposals received for a coal-to-liquid synthetic fuel plant on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., AFRPA officials released a Request for Qualifications for the project in February, 2008.

Linc Energy Acquires Wyoming Coal Assets for Underground Gasification and Gas-to-Liquids

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Australia-based Linc Energy Limited has signed a purchase agreement to acquire a 100% interest in 92,059 acres of coal tenement lease areas in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming USA from GasTech Inc, a company based in Casper Wyoming. Linc Energy will establish an office in Wyoming to ensure completion of an underground coal gasification (UCG) pilot program and to support its planned commercialization of UCG to Gas to Liquid (GTL) in the USA.

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National Research Council Report on Americas Energy Future Highlights Vehicle Efficiency Technologies, Conversion of Biomass and Coal-to-Liquids Fuels, and Electrifying the Light Duty Fleet with PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs

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For the transportation sector, these key technologies include a focus on improving vehicle efficiency; developing technologies for the conversion of biomass and coal-to-liquid fuels; and electrifying the light-duty vehicle fleet through expanded deployment of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs). million barrels per day in 2008) will be challenging.

Siemens Energy to Supply Advanced Coal Gasification Technology to Taylorville Energy Center; 50% CO2 Capture

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has been chosen to provide the coal gasification technology for the Taylorville Energy Center (TEC), a 730-megawatt (gross) advanced coal generating plant being developed near Taylorville, Ill. TEC will be one of the first commercial-scale, coal gasification plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capability in the US. . Siemens Energy, Inc.

Air Products Building Air Separation Units for China Coal-to-Chemicals Project

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PCEC, a state-owned enterprise established in 2008, will use the industrial gas products in a coal gasification process for chemical production. Air Products has signed a contract with Pucheng Clean Energy Co., PCEC) for the largest single air separation unit (ASU) on-site order ever committed to an industrial gas company.

Peabody Energy Signs Long-Term Coal Supply Agreements, Allowing Development of Largest Surface Mine in Eastern US

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Peabody Energy has entered into long-term coal supply agreements for more than 90 million tons of coal, which it says will now allow development of the Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County, Indiana. Bear Run will be the largest surface coal mine in the Eastern United States, with expected capacity of approximately 8 million tons of coal annually. Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company, with 2008 sales of 256 million tons and $6.6

NRDC says Baard Energy agrees to switch from coal to natural gas for feedstock for proposed synthetic fuel plant in Ohio to avoid further permit challenges

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued a press release on Friday saying that Baard Energy had agreed to a settlement entailing their switching from coal as a feedstock for its planned coal/biomass-to-liquids Ohio River Clean Fuels plant ( earlier post ) to natural gas. In November 2008, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued the third and final state environmental necessary to the Ohio River Clean Fuels (ORCF) project.

Sparton and NuCoal to Evaluate NuCoals Saskatchewan Coal Holdings and CTL Residue for Germanium and Uranium Commercialization Potential

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and NuCoal Energy Corporation recently executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) wherein Sparton and NuCoal will jointly evaluate the potential of NuCoal’s lignitic coal holdings in Saskatchewan to host commercial germanium and uranium mineralization. In addition the program will also test the feasibility of recovering valuable metals from residue material produced by the coal-to-liquids (CTL) program being developed by NuCoal in this area. Sparton Resources Inc.

New inventory of black carbon emissions from China finds 2007 levels higher than previously reported

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2007); and predicted national data from the National Long-term Development Plan (NLDP) (2008?2050). In addition, predicted oil consumption for use in motor vehicles between 2008 and 2050 were used to develop the inventory. BC emission map of China at 0.1° × 0.1° for year 2007.

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Tsinghua/Argonne Study Finds That Mass Use of EVs in China Could Result in Higher CO2 and Criteria Pollutant Emissions Than Conventional and Hybrid Gasoline Vehicles Due to Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity

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The study examined the fuel-cycle CO 2 , SO 2 , and NO x emissions of EVs in China in both current (2008) and future (2030) periods and compared them with those of conventional gasoline vehicles and gasoline hybrids. Generation mix of the six interprovincial power grids in 2008.

IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The report, “ Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014 ”, concludes that biomass, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind are all competitive with or cheaper than coal, oil and gas-fired power stations, even without financial support and despite falling oil prices.

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