It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

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The Killer Coal Family is waging war against the rest of our families - and those gangsters will not stop until we take them down. At our meeting we all agreed that it’s time to go to the mattresses and declare war against coal until we kill them and put them out of business.

2009 158

Alaska Native Corporation Proposes Underground Coal Gasification Project with Carbon Capture for Power Generation

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Underground coal gasification uses paired wells in a coal seam: one an oxidant injection well, the other the syngas producer well. CIRI), an Alaska Native corporation, is proposing an underground coal gasification (UCG) project that would use the resulting syngas to fuel a new 100 MW combined cycle power plant. CIRI executives presented the plan to state lawmakers at a joint hearing in Alaska on Friday. The UCG process utilizes two wells drilled in to a coal seam.

B9 Coal Assembles Consortium to Combine Underground Coal Gasification, Alkaline Fuel Cells and Carbon Capture and Storage

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UK-based B9 Coal, established in 2009 with the objective of developing projects combining Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and alkaline hydrogen fuel cells, is bringing together a consortium including WSP Group, AFC Energy and Linc Energy to develop such a project. B9 Coal proposes combining AFC Energy’s alkaline fuel cells and Linc Energy’s Underground Coal Gasification (UCG).

2010 76

SRI developing process for co-gasification of methane and coal to produce liquid transportation fuels; negligible water consumption, no CO2

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Researchers from SRI International (SRI) are developing a methane-and-coal-to-liquids process that consumes negligible amounts of water and does not generate carbon dioxide. The DARPA solicitation set goals for a coal-to-liquids process for JP-8 of: Process scalable to 100,000 bbl/day.

2011 115

Comparative genome study finds ancestral fungus may have influenced end of coal formation; potential resource for biofuel production

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Coal deposits—the fossilized remains of plants—were formed during a 60-million year period from around 360 to 300 million years ago. Once you have white rot you can break down lignin, the major precursor of coal. Biomass Coal Enzymes Fuels

2012 116

Accelergy and Yankuang Group to conduct feasibility study for large-scale hybrid coal-to-liquids plant in China; targeting 68,000 barrels of fuel per day

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Pathways for producing liquid fuels from coal. Accelergy Corporation ( earlier post ) is partnering with the Yankuang Group, one of the largest coal companies in China, on a feasibility study for a joint, large-scale, low-carbon, hybrid—i.e., Coal-to-Liquids (CTL

2011 90

Siemens presents three-point plan for implementing cost-efficient energy transition in Germany

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The fact that German electricity prices are among the highest in Europe, despite relatively low wholesale prices, must serve as a warning signal ,” said IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven as she presented the report, Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Germany 2013 Review.

2013 108

Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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million in Carbon Recycling International (CRI). Geely’s CRI investment and work with renewable methanol is similar to the approach Audi is taking with its own e-fuels projects—producing very low carbon liquid or gaseous fuels using only renewable energy, water and CO 2. Renewable methanol is also a low-carbon feedstock for production of synthetic materials. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) China Climate Change Fuels Methanol

2015 85

Europe/US team: transitioning to a low-carbon world will create new rivalries, winners and losers

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In an opinion piece in the journal Nature , a team from the US and Europe suggests that the transition to a low-carbon world will create new rivalries, winners and losers, and that it is therefore necessary to put geopolitics at the heart of debates about the energy transition. abating carbon will create losers. Financial markets divest fossil-fuel assets and reallocate capital to low-carbon firms.

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Kawasaki Heavy to build first ocean-going liquid hydrogen tanker with demo in 2017; H2 for transport, industry, power in Japan

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KHI’s view of the timeline of the CO 2 -free hydrogen chain (from a 2012 presentation ). KHI is envisioning gasifying Australian brown coal (with carbon capture and sequestration) to produce the hydrogen, followed by liquefaction and shipment via the LH 2 tankers.

2013 147

DOE Awarding More Than $3.3M to 7 Universities To Conduct Advanced Turbine Technology Studies for Advanced Coal-Based Power Generation

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The universities—located in Georgia, Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, California, and New York—will investigate the technology needed for the efficient operation of turbines using coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas) and high hydrogen content (HHC) fuels. This project will investigate degradation mechanisms of hot-turbine hot section component protective oxides and high-temperature TBCs unique to coal-derived syngas and HHC fuel.

2010 76

Stanford Energy Modeling Forum project confirms carbon pricing can be effective way to curb GHG emissions

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This study gathered together 11 modeling teams to run a common set of carbon tax scenarios, in order to explore how environmental and economic outcomes depend on the initial carbon tax rates, the rate at which the tax escalates, and how the government uses the revenue collected by the carbon tax. Of course, a primary reason for implementing a carbon or GHG tax is to reduce emissions, but the revenue can serve other goals. Carbon Tax Scenarios ”; Guest Editors: A.

2018 75

NASA-led study suggests coal soot shrank Alpine glaciers in mid-1800s

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A NASA-led team of scientists has uncovered strong evidence that coal soot from a rapidly industrializing Europe caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps that began in the 1860s, a period often thought of as the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA). The BC hypothesis is not refuted by any available records, or by the calculations presented here. Black carbon is the strongest sunlight-absorbing atmospheric particle.

2013 76

The Cat Is Still On The Roof – And The Roof! The Roof! The Roof Is On Fire!

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Dr. Hansen is giving us 12 months to get our act together: “ The next President and Congress must define a course next year in which the United States exerts leadership commensurate with our responsibility for the present dangerous situation.

2009 151

Report finds says “negative emissions technologies” need to play a large role in mitigating climate change

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To achieve goals for climate and economic growth, “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air will need to play a significant role in mitigating climate change, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Most climate mitigation efforts are intended to decrease the rate at which people add carbon from fossil fuel reservoirs to the atmosphere.

2018 91

New membrane technology for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture begins pilot-scale test

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A new carbon capture technology sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for economically capturing 90% of the carbon dioxide emitted from a coal-burning power plant has begun pilot-scale testing. MTR), uses a specially designed CO 2 -selective membrane—a micro-porous film that acts as a semi-permeable barrier—to separate CO 2 from other gases, such as nitrogen, in a coal-burning plant’s flue gas.

2015 89

Stanford team develops new ultrahigh surface area 3D porous graphitic carbon material for improved energy storage

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Stanford University scientists have created a new ultrahigh surface area three-dimensional porous graphitic carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. The maximum surface area achieved with conventional activated carbon is about 3,000 m 2 g –1.

2015 101

Codexis reports technical progress in enzyme-based carbon capture program

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reported technical progress in its carbon capture program at the CO 2 Capture Technology Meeting sponsored by the US Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh. Codexis, supported by a grant from the DOE’s ARPA-E Recovery Act program ( earlier post ), is using its patented CodeEvolver directed evolution technology to develop processes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Codexis, Inc.

2011 78

Los Angeles takes steps to transition out of coal-fired power earlier than required by state law

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has taken steps to transition out of the use of coal-fired electricity earlier than mandated by California state law. Representatives of LADWP and Salt River Project have reached sufficient progress on the principle terms to sell LADWP’s stake in Navajo Generating Station for the two utilities to move forward to negotiate a definitive agreement that would end LA’s use of coal-fired power from the plant by the end of 2015.

Electric Company Too Scared To Tell Truth About Climate Change

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After my volunteer stint was over I stayed for the presentation and workshop. Javier Burgos, a Project Manager with the SCE’s California Solar Initiative program gave a nice, if overlong and overwordy PowerPoint presentation.

DOE to award $9M to promote consensus on future fossil energy technologies

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The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) anticipates two awards being made: the first for $7 million in the area of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and fossil-fuel-based Clean Energy Systems (CES); the second for $2 million in the area of international oil and natural gas. Carbon Capture and Storage and Clean Energy Systems. turbines, fuel cells, hybrids, novel power generation cycles); coal conversion (e.g., Carbon Capture and Storage and Clean Energy Systems Outreach.

2014 83

DOE selects 16 projects for funding to develop post-combustion carbon capture technologies

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The US Department of Energy has selected 16 projects for almost $29 million in funding to develop advanced post-combustion technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from coal–fired power plants. The projects, with an overall value of more than $40 million over three years, are focused on reducing the energy and cost penalties associated with applying currently available carbon capture technologies to existing and new power plants. Carbon Capture Scientific.

2011 80

Study finds that dry-feed gasification for coal-to-liquids is more efficient, lower-emitting and cheaper than slurry-feed; CCS cost-effective for reduction of CO2

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Comparison of coal consumption and CO 2 emissions for co-production and separate production of liquids and power. Conventional CTL plant gasifies coal to produce a syngas which is then converted in a Fischer-Tropsch reactor to products. Tags: Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Emissions

2010 106

DOE reports progress on development of low-carbon and renewable sources of hydrogen production

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For FY 2014, the Hydrogen Production sub-program continued to focus on developing technologies to enable the long-term viability of hydrogen as an energy carrier for a range of applications with a focus on hydrogen from low-carbon and renewable sources.

2014 104

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.

2009 69

DOE ROD for coal-based Texas Clean Energy Project sets in motion $450M of federal funding

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Record of Decision ( ROD ) that—along with a signed cooperative agreement—will allow federal funding to be used to help build a 400 MW facility that combines integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power generation, urea production, and carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology. The plant will produce power by converting sub-bituminous coal into hydrogen-rich synthesis gas (syngas) and CO 2.

2011 65

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). Developing technologies for the conversion of biomass and coal-to-liquid fuels.

2009 60

MIT Report Finds Natural Gas Has Significant Potential to Displace Coal, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Role in Transportation More Limited

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Natural gas will play a leading role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions over the next several decades, largely by replacing older, inefficient coal plants with highly efficient combined-cycle gas generation, according to a major new interim report out from MIT. The Future of Natural Gas is the third in a series of MIT multidisciplinary reports examining the role of various energy sources that may be important for meeting future demand under carbon dioxide emissions constraints.

2010 84

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. NuCoal presently controls over 1.8

2009 73

French Environment Minister Outlines Revised Carbon Tax Plan

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French Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo on Wednesday outlined a revised proposal for a carbon tax on large stationary emitters, following the Constitutional Court’s rejection of the original plan last December. The carbon tax would run until 2013, at which time emitters would start paying for permits under the revised EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). A new bill is expected to be presented to the French parliament soon.

European Environment Agency report finds carbon capture and storage could also impact air pollution

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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves capturing carbon dioxide released by power stations and other industrial sources, and burying it deep underground. It also presents a life-cycle case study for 2050 considering three different scenarios, showing the potential impacts on emissions of air pollutants if CCS were widely implemented in Europe. Potential carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) savings from CCS vary greatly across the three scenarios in the report.

2011 78

DOE’s Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas estimates at least 2,400B metric tons of US CO2 storage resource

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The United States has at least 2,400 billion metric tons of possible carbon dioxide storage resource in saline formations, oil and gas reservoirs, and unmineable coal seams, according to a new US Department of Energy (DOE) publication. This resource could potentially store hundreds of years’ worth of industrial greenhouse gas emissions, preventing their release into the atmosphere, says the 2012 edition of the Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas ( Atlas IV ).

2012 86

Perspective: The UN Approval Process for Carbon Offsets

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Since 2005, when major greenhouse-gas emitters among the Kyoto signatories were issued caps on their emissions and permitted to buy credits to meet those caps, there has been more than $300 billion worth of carbon transactions. According to the market-analysis firm Point Carbon, if a cap-and-trade system is instituted in the United States, the demand for carbon credits could explode into a $2 to $3 trillion market. The approval process for carbon offsets has two goals.

2010 88

Greenius Goes All AB 811 Over Green Task Force

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And so it was that I found myself in the Hermosa Beach City Council Chambers addressing the Green Task Force audience you cannot see in this photo as I presented my Finding The Green To Green The Grid House By House PowerPoint. Click Here to Download a PDF copy of my presentation ).

2009 141

Newcastle Univ. researchers say expansion of Panama Canal could help reduce carbon footprint of marine industry

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the shipping of grain, ore, coal and so on—which result directly from the expansion of the canal. The research presents analysis of bulk shipping developments that strongly support the contention that there is a demand for vessels in the dry bulk Panamax sector that are larger than the current 85,000 tonne limit imposed by the beam constraint.

Spatially explicit life cycle assessment of 5 sun-to-wheels pathways finds photovoltaic electricity and BEVs offer land-efficient and low-carbon transportation

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This article presents life cycle assessments of five different sun-to-wheels conversion pathways for every county in the contiguous U.S:

2013 136

RAND study concludes use of alternative fuels by US military would convey no direct military benefit; recommends energy efficiency instead

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If the US military increases its use of alternative jet and naval fuels that can be produced from coal or various renewable resources, including seed oils, waste oils and algae, there will be no direct benefit to the nation’s armed forces, according to a new RAND Corporation study. The findings and recommendations presented in this report are those of the research team. Algal Fuels Aviation Biomass Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) Coal Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Lifecycle analysis Policy

2011 85

UNEP study: small number of measures targeting black carbon and tropospheric ozone could yield immediate climate benefits

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Black carbon and tropospheric ozone are harmful air pollutants that also contribute to climate change. Reducing black carbon and tropospheric ozone now will slow the rate of climate change within the first half of this century, the study said.

2011 101

California ARB formally considers 28 proposed new lower-carbon transportation fuel pathways

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The California Air Resources Board formally considered the first 28 proposals for new ways to make low carbon transportation fuels under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Data related to the manufacture and production of the proposed fuels were presented by staff to ARB Executive Officer James Goldstene at the first public hearing held to consider fuel production techniques not currently assigned a carbon intensity score in the LCFS regulation.

2011 78

Reducing Black Carbon Emissions and Ground-Level Ozone Would Provide Immediate Benefit Against Climate Change

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Reducing emissions of black carbon soot and ground-level ozone would quickly make a considerable dent in the climate change problem and would also contribute to public health and protect crop yields, according to an essay in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs. Ramanathan concludes that full implementation of existing emissions-control technologies could offset the warming effects of one to two decades of carbon dioxide emissions.

US and Swiss researchers model two very high carbon emissions scenarios

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US and Swiss researchers have modeled two climate scenarios with very high carbon emissions—above the A1F1 scenario, currently representing the upper bound of predicted carbon emissions in the IPCC work—to investigate the resulting climate change implications. The increase in carbon emissions envisaged in the A1F1 scenario would be doubled by the end of the century. This would result in four times the increase in carbon emissions envisaged in the A1F1 scenario.

2011 73

EU: Additional 50B Needed Over Next Decade for Low-Carbon Energy Technology Research

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The European Commission on 7 October presented the plan “Investing in the development of low-carbon energy technologies”, targeting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and burying emissions from coal power stations (carbon capture and storage, or CCS).

2009 65

Celanese sees new TCX ethanol process as key component in future growth; a paradigm shift in ethanol production

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TCX is the company’s new proprietary technology for ethanol production that builds on its acetyl platform and integrates new technologies to produce ethanol using basic hydrocarbon feedstocks—natural gas, coal and pet coke now, with biomass and waste planned for the future.

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