As states use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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These results indicate that coal and oil are the energy sources leading to most emissions, and that hydro, wind, and nuclear are the energy sources leading to least emissions. On the two extremes, coal and oil result in about 176 times the emissions from hydro. This brief study analyses, for each individual state, the changes from 2008 to 2018 in the use of coal (one of the two most polluting energy sources) to generate electricity. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research.

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Don't worry about coal, electric cars are still cleaner

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One of the easiest ways for electric-car drivers to get in an argument is discussing how much coal-fired electricity contributes to pollution. It shows that electric cars are cleaner—even when they do run on primarily. Now a new study by BNEF (a Bloomberg spinoff) can help give electric-car drivers some peace of mind in these arguments. emissions

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DOE announces $64M for research into future coal power plants

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $64 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects under the funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0002057 ), “Critical Components for Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future.”. DOE’s Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative) initiative is intended to develop the coal plant of the future needed to provide secure and reliable power to the US grid.

2020 108

In less than a decade, electric cars have already become this much cleaner

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For those who care about the environment and keeping their driving footprint small, one of the most compelling selling points for electric cars is that your car gets cleaner over time—because the electricity you’re plugging into, from the power grid, is being weaned off coal and toward cleaner and more sustainable sources.

2020 84

Honda and Isuzu, Lucid Air, cleaner EVs from less coal: Today’s Car News

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Coal plants closed and electric cars got greener. Honda looks to trucks for its fuel-cell technology. And the Lucid Air has a debut date. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. With a passenger-car hydrogen infrastructure moving slowly but development on hydrogen fuel-cell stacks advancing rapidly, Honda and Isuzu have announced that. Today in Car News

2020 48

Leaky Natural Gas Wells No Cleaner Than Coal, Says NOAA

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Natural gas is increasingly considered a cleaner alternative to coal when it comes to energy production--not to mention a greener alternative to gasoline when used in vehicles like the Honda Civic Natural Gas. However, a new study suggests its green credentials may be damaged by methane leaks--negating any benefit from shifting to gas from dirtier

How China's horrific air quality magically turns cleaner: cotton

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But officials in one Chinese city found a way to at least make that air appear cleaner, for awhile. DON'T MISS: Coal in China: huge problem for. China is known for having some of the most polluted air in the world. Like many Chinese cities, Xi'an, the provincial capital of Shaanxi, in the northern part of the country, has air-monitoring equipment. emissions China air pollution

2016 76

GlobalData: hydrogen to become game changer as large-scale source of cleaner power

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Co-firing with a share of ammonia can decrease the impact of carbon in existing conventional coal-fired power plants, hydrogen gas turbines and combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGT), which can be a source of power system flexibility with increasing shares of variable renewable energy sources.

2020 68

Modified SOFC anodes allow operation at lower temperatures with carbon-containing gases; potential for much more efficient and cleaner generation of electricity from coal

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The resulting lower-temperature SOFCs could provide a cleaner, more efficient alternative to conventional power plants for generating electricity from coal reserves. Conventional coal-fired electric generating facilities capture about a third of the energy available in the fuel they burn. SOFCs powered by gasified coal are about twice as efficient as current coal-fired power plants, potentially reducing CO 2 emission by 50%, Yang et al.

2011 79

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

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One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for electric-car drivers is that the grids that supply their electricity have been getting cleaner--and will likely continue to do so this year and into the future. Coal's share of.

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IEA sees China lead the way in developing new cleaner coal technologies

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”China’s coal sector has made remarkable progress over the last decade, fuelling rapid economic growth and bringing a better quality of life for China’s citizens”, said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), today in Beijing at the launch of the new publication, Cleaner Coal in China. Policy action to widen use of cleaner coal technologies. Coal accounts for about 70 percent of primary energy consumption in China.

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, GM EV investments, electric Ford F-150, coal power: Today's Car News

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A new study shows that electric cars are cleaner than gas, even when using electricity from coal. California documents show that higher-trim versions of the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus won't achieve the estimated 226-mile range. GM will double its investment in engineering new electric and self-driving cars. And results from last week's Twitter poll are. General Motors self-driving cars

2019 59

Coal Into Cars: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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The Ugly Coal sucks, there's really no two ways about it. But not all use of coal is alike. The Good About half our electricity comes from coal, and that will change, at best, slowly as we move to renewables. But we need to keep in mind that when we're talking about cars, even coal-generated electricity results in lower greenhouse gas emissions compared with petroleum. That includes the worst, most coal dependent areas.

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Coal Power Plant That Can Capture Carbon To Open In Mid-2016

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The most straightforward way to get cleaner electricity is to switch to a less-polluting source like natural gas--or better yet, renewable sources like wind and solar. DON''T MISS: EPA''s Coal-Plant Emissions Rules As more plug-in electric cars hit the road, the infrastructure used to generate electricity will need to be increasingly scrutinized.

2015 83

Natural Gas Continues To Replace Coal: 'Bridge' Fuel To Lower-Carbon Energy

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It''s a simple fact that electric cars get cleaner when the electricity grids used to power them do. electricity generated from coal has dropped significantly over the past few years--and that fuel has largely been replaced by lower-emission natural. And, indeed, those grids are growing less dirty each year in the United States. The amount of U.S.

2015 76

Electric cars got much cleaner in 2019, as coal plants were retired at a record pace

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coal industry. coal power plants shut down at their second-fastest rate ever in 2019, according to new data from Thomson Reuters and the federal government, as reported by Reuters Monday. gigawatts of coal-fired. One campaign pledge the Trump administration hasn’t been able to keep, as of yet, is the revival of the U.S.

2020 73

GE and Shenhua open coal gasification joint venture in China

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a 50:50 joint venture with Shenhua Group to advance the development and deployment of “cleaner coal” technology solutions in China. GBI report: Asia-Pacific to be the leading coal-producing region. A new report from GBI Research forecasts that the Asia-Pacific region will become the leading coal-producing region in the future, led by China. The region’s coal industry comprises China, India, Australia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Vietnam and New Zealand.

2012 71

Researchers in China investigate use of coal as source of lithium

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Coal could become a major source of the metal lithium, according to a review of the geochemistry by scientists from Hebei University of Engineering in China published in the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology. Shenjun Qin of Hebei University of Engineering, in Handan, China, and colleagues point out that coal is a highly polluting energy source that is still widely used for electricity generation and other applications. Oil, Gas and Coal Technology , Vol.

2015 71

CSIRO and partners to test Direct Injection Carbon Engine to reduce brown coal emissions by up to 50%

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CSIRO (Australia’s national science agency) and its industry partners plan to conduct a A$1-million (US$930,000) trial of the Direct Injection Carbon Engine ( DICE ) in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley—the second largest and lowest-cost brown coal resource in the world—with the aim of reducing emissions from brown coal-generated electricity by 50% compared to current technology.

2014 87

GE and Shenhua form coal gasification JV in China

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GE and Shenhua have agreed to form an industrial coal gasification joint venture to advance the deployment of “cleaner coal” technology solutions in China. The new company combines GE’s expertise in industrial gasification technologies with Shenhua’s expertise in coal gasification and coal-fired power generation. This includes industrial coal gasification applications in China as well as jointly pursuing the deployment of commercial scale IGCC plants.

2011 68

Accelergy Begins Production of Synthetic Jet Fuel from Coal and Biomass; USAF to Evaluate for 100% Synthetic Fuel Use

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Accelergy Corporation has begun production of a synthetic fuel from coal and biomass, to be evaluated by the United States Air Force (USAF) as the industry benchmark for 100% synthetic jet fuel. Following a mandate by the USAF to use 50% of its fuel from cleaner and domestic sources by 2016, Accelergy is the first to provide 100% synthetic fuel that can meet the JP-8 standards. Tags: Aviation Biomass Coal Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Fuels

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CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Electric vehicles charged in coal-heavy regions can create more human health and environmental damages from life cycle air emissions than gasoline vehicles, according to a new consequential life cycle analysis by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. However, the anticipated—albeit now possibly delayed, per the recent Supreme Court decision—retirement of coal-fired power plants will make electric vehicles more competitive on an air emissions basis, the researchers found.

2016 76

Ignite Energy Resources and TRUenergy Plan Direct Coal-to-Liquids and Coal Drying Demo Project for Supercritical Water Technology

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Ignite Energy Resources (IER), developer of a supercritical water technology, and TRUenergy have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a commercial demonstration plant that will apply IER’s direct coal-to-oil and upgraded dry coal process to the brown coal at TRUenergy’s Yallourn mine in Australia. tonnes of high-ranked coal. TRUenergy’s generation portfolio spans coal, gas and renewable energy. Tags: Coal-to-Liquids (CTL

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GE and Shenhua to Create Joint Venture for Advanced Coal Gasification and Coal Technology Solutions in China

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As one of a series of GE agreements signed in China this week ( earlier post ), GE and Shenhua Group Corporation have agreed to a framework for an industrial coal gasification joint venture which would combine GE’s expertise in gasification and cleaner power generation technologies with Shenhua’s expertise in building and operating coal gasification and coal-fired power generation facilities, to progress advanced coal technology solutions in China.

2009 80

Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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In terms of investment in innovation for cleaner energy, the plan calls for: Investment in advanced fossil energy projects. In addition, the President has directed his Administration to purchase cleaner alternatives to HFCs whenever feasible and transition over time to equipment that uses safer and more sustainable alternatives. Going forward, the Administration will continue to use these bilateral and multilateral efforts to promote advanced coal technologies.

2013 84

US Fuels acquires coal-to-diesel IP for scalable plants near mine sites

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Startup US Fuel Corporation (USF), which plans to design, build, own and operate scalable facilities near coal mine sites to convert coal into synthetic fuels, will acquire coal-to-diesel intellectual property (IP) that USF co-developed with an executive team consisting of Paul Adams and Steve Luck. The plant will be designed to process 148 tons of coal per day to produce approximately 8,500 gallons of high grade, low-sulfur diesel.

2012 78

I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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But our friends in the oil, coal and gas industry have 5,795 gigatons of carbon on the books. We have to drastically cut the amount of carbon we can burn and that means 80% of all the oil underground and under the sea, 80% of all the shale gas waiting to be fracked and 80% of the coal in the hopper or in the coal mine all needs to stay sequestered right where it is to prevent the climate catastrophe we’re currently hurtling towards head on.

2013 192

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.,

2009 60

DOE selects 9 universities for about $2.7M in advanced coal technologies research awards

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected nine universities for awards for research projects that will continue to support innovation and development of advanced, lower emission coal technologies. The projects at the nine universities will each receive approximately $300,000 to focus on the development of high-temperature, high-pressure corrosion-resistant alloys; protective coatings; and structural materials for advanced coal-fired power plants and gas turbines.

2012 86

Stop tinkering: Sierra Club Chief touts vehicle electrification

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As detailed in "The Latest From the Labs," page 38, even the dirtiest electricity is cleaner than internal combustion. coal Sierra Club After spending time in the Gulf, the Sierra Club's new executive director, Michael Brune, ponders getting off oil in "Create," his Sierra Magazine commentary. After extolling biking and transit, he concludes: "The single most effective thing we can do as a country to get off oil, however, is to electrify transportation.

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TCEQ grants air quality permits to Tenaska new-build carbon capturing coal plant in Texas; 85-90% capture

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Trailblazer will be the first new-build carbon capturing coal plant in Texas to receive an air quality permit. The Trailblazer Energy Center would also be the first large-scale coal project in Texas to use dry cooling. Tenaska is applying proven pre- and post-combustion technologies on a commercial scale in two advanced coal projects.

2010 71

Accelergy Receives Grant from Pennsylvania for Feasibility Study on Coal-Biomass-to-Liquids

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Accelergy Corporation recently was awarded an alternative and clean energy program grant from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority to fund a feasibility study to evaluate the viability of the company’s integrated Coal-Biomass-to-Liquids (CBTL) process with the assistance of Raytheon Company and Carbon Cycle Technology Alliance partner A2BE CarbonCapture, LLC.

Linc Energy Enters MOU with GFZ for Carbon Capture and Storage in Underground Coal Gasification Cavities

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Linc Energy Limited has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) to develop and apply carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology to Linc’s Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) operations. This research also suggests that UCG cavities could absorb up to 400 times more carbon than traditional CCS methods due to the effect of the UCG process on the surrounding coal seam.

2010 64

Accelergy Licenses EERC Technology for Coal Biomass to Synthetic Jet Fuels Process

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Accelergy Corporation, an advanced coal-to-liquids company, has formed a strategic partnership with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. Under the terms of a new agreement, Accelergy will license EERC’s proprietary technology as part of its Coal Biomass to Liquids (CBTL) process to accelerate the development of specialty liquid jet fuels used by the military from non-petroleum sources.

2009 68

Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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A province-by-province life cycle analysis of natural gas and electric vehicles by a team from Tsinghua University concludes that while, from the perspective of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria pollutant emissions, natural gas vehicles (CNGVs) are “ an option with no obvious merits or demerits ”, electric vehicles (EVs) are “ an option with significant merits and demerits in this regard ” due to China’s heavily coal-based electricity generation (national average of about 77%).

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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. Swan Hills Synfuels expects the project to demonstrate the ability to manufacture synthetic gas from Alberta’s coal resources, with the future potential of utilizing the coal seams for carbon capture and storage. The deep formations could also store carbon dioxide after the coal is turned into gas. Simplified UCG process. Click to enlarge.

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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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A new study by researchers from Tsinghua University (China) and Argonne National Laboratory (US) concludes that the mass use of electric vehicles in China could result in multiple environmental issues, including higher emissions of CO 2 and criteria pollutants than from conventional and hybrid gasoline vehicles, because electricity is generated primarily from coal in China. Coal-based power dominates in the Northeast and North generation mixes, with a proportion as high as 95-98%.

2010 96

EPA: Cleaner power generation offset increase of vehicle emissions in 2017

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percent in 2017, despite the Trump administration's efforts to revive coal use in the U.S., percent drop in emissions from power plants compared with 2016, as more coal plants are retired. emissions of global-warming greenhouse gases fell 2.7 the EPA announced on Monday. The EPA released data for 2017, showing an even larger 4.5 So electric. global warming greenhouse gas air pollution

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Obama Announces Steps to Boost Biofuels, Clean Coal; RFS2, BCAP, BIWG and Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force

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In addition, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum creating an Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage to develop a comprehensive and coordinated federal strategy to speed the development and deployment of advanced lower-emission coal technologies. It’s been said that the United States is the Saudi Arabia of coal—and that’s because, as I said, it’s one of our most abundant energy resources.

2010 76

UCS analysis finds Hyundai-Kia with best sales-weighted new vehicle environmental performance in US in 2013

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Due to strong federal and state emissions standards, the average new car has gotten 43% cleaner since 1998. Climate Change Coal Emissions Fuel Efficiency Click to enlarge. In its sixth sales-weighted analysis of emissions from 8 major automakers’ 2013 model year vehicles, the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) latest Automaker Rankings report found that Hyundai-Kia unseated Honda as the “Greenest Automaker.”

2014 98

Electric-car frunks, plug-in hydrogen pickup, Lucid Air development: The Week in Reverse

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Electric cars are getting cleaner all the time, as coal plants are retired and more. Which California EV startup is partnering with Hyundai? And which California EV startup is aiming for a Tesla-topping 400-mile range? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending February 14, 2020. The Week In Reverse

2020 53

Ethical sourcing for electric-car minerals: Toyota, Honda, VW, Ford, others sign pledge

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As automakers develop more efficient electric motors, EVs pulling electrons from dirtier, coal-powered grids are as clean or cleaner than even the most efficient fossil-fueled cars when it comes to equivalent tailpipe emissions. But electric vehicles still have a supply-chain problem. A partnership between some of the world's largest automakers is. Batteries battery pack plug-in cars Electric motor conflict minerals

2017 59

Renewable energy growth accelerating, says International Energy Agency

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The overall carbon emissions associated with electric cars decrease as the electricity used to recharge them gets cleaner. Last year saw record growth in renewable energy, according to the IEA, which surpassed coal to become the. And the latest statistics from the International Energy Agency (IEA) will be good news indeed for electric-car drivers. China energy policy plug-in cars renewable energy solar wind energy

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