Report: Coal-Powered Ethanol Plant CO2 Emissions 92% Higher than Gas-Powered

Des Moines Register. A report by Frontline BioEnergy in Ames, Iowa concludes that ethanol plants powered by coal release as much as 92% more carbon dioxide than those powered by natural gas. The City Council of Des Moines, Iowa, is trying to decide between two competing proposals for a $200-million,... Read more →


GCEP Awards $1.15 Million for Biofuels and Carbon Sequestration Research

The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has awarded $1.15 million to four research projects into biofuel production and coal utilization with carbon sequestration. GCEP, which is administered at Stanford University, is a collaborative scientific and engineering effort of academic research institutions and industry. Its purpose is to conduct fundamental,... Read more →


FuelCell Energy and DOE Finalize $36.2-Million Award for Coal-Fueled Multi-Megawatt Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System

FuelCell Energy, a leading manufacturer of stationary fuel-cell power generation systems, has finalized terms with the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a $36.2 million Phase I award to develop a coal-based, multi-megawatt solid oxide fuel cell-based hybrid power generation system. This award provides funding for the first stage of... Read more →


DOE Funds Six New Projects Aimed at Coal-to-Hydrogen Production and Hydrogen Combustion Engines

The Department of Energy announced funding for six cost-shared research and development projects investigating different aspects of coal-to-hydrogen production and the utilization of hydrogen or hydrogen/natural-gas mixtures in combustion engines. The total value of the six projects is nearly $18 million dollars, with DOE providing $12.9 million and industry partners... Read more →


BASF Venture Capital Invests in Biotech Firm Targeting Biogenic Methane Production from Fossil Fuel Resources

A SEM image of in-situ microbes in coal. BASF Venture Capital America, Inc. is investing $3 million in LUCA Technologies. LUCA is developing a technology platform that uses microorganisms to reactivate or intensify the production of methane from finite fuels such as coal, shale or oil. (Earlier post.) LUCA is... Read more →


SES and Quantum Fuel Auto Engine Genset with Syngas

Synthesis Energy Systems and Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide announced the successful operation of the world’s first engine generator using synthesis gas (syngas) as fuel. The engine generator set, a 125kW Kohler engine based on a General Motors 8.1 liter V-8 block, successfully and repeatably produced stabilized power. The syngas... Read more →


China Launches Major Dimethyl Ether-to-Olefin Project

Another major use for crude oil aside from transportation fuels is as the feedstock for the production of olefins (alkenes). Olefins include ethylene and propylene, and are the primary building blocks for products such as polyethylene (LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE), polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), ethylene glycol, and SBR/PBR rubber. China is... Read more →


Wind-Powered Electrolysis of Coal Bed Methane Water for Hydrogen Production

A Wyoming company has received a National Science Foundation Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to determine the technical feasibility and economic viability of the electrolytic production of hydrogen from coal-bed methane (CBM) water using power generated from wind turbines. In Ladd Energy’s concept, the electrolysis units would... Read more →


High Levels of Particulate Pollution in Chinese Megacities

A team of researchers from China and Japan has concluded the first study comparing levels of organic aerosol particles in China’s newly developing midwestern cities with levels in older megacities such as Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The research confirms that most of the 14 cities studied have much higher... Read more →


EU Energy Commissioner Calls for Development of Sustainable Coal Technologies

In a speech today in Gliwice, Poland to a conference on the future EU energy mix, EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said that while the EU’s newly abundant coal reserves could offer security of supply, coal use must be accompanied by a reduced environmental impact, which means lower emissions. The... Read more →


Sen. Clinton: Cut Oil Imports by 50% by 2025

In a speech to the National Press Club, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) called for a targeted reduction in oil consumption equivalent to 50% of imported oil by 2025—roughly equivalent to 8 million barrels per day. Achieving that goal is feasible, she argued, based on increased use of biofuels, greater vehicle... Read more →


Australian CTL Company Goes Public

Australia’s Linc Energy, which is partnering with Syntroleum Corporation on a coal-to-liquids (CTL) project in Australia that integrates Linc’s underground coal gasification (UCG) technology with Syntroleum’s air-based Fischer-Tropsch technology (earlier post), has closed its initial public offer (IPO) oversubscribed, raising $A22 million ($US16.97 million). Part of the funds will be... Read more →


Senate Committee Convenes Coal Gasification Hearing

As a follow-on to last week’s hearing on Coal Liquefaction (earlier post), the US Senate Committee on Energy and natural Resources convened a hearing Monday regarding the economic and environmental issues associated with coal gasification technology. Testifying at the hearing were: David Garman, Under Secretary of Energy for Energy, Science... Read more →


EU and China to Sign Clean-Coal Technology Development MoU

Europe and China will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week on clean-coal technology during the 6th EU–China Energy Conference. The MoU will encourage the development of technology allowing the capture and underground storage of carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power stations. China is also keen to exploit coal... Read more →


Toyo Engineering to Design and Build Coal-to-DME Plant in China

DME is a component of China’s vision for coal utilization. Japan’s Toyo Engineering will design and build China’s first major coal-to-dimethyl ether (DME) with China’s Ningxia Coal Group in northwestern China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. DME can serve as a synthetic fuel that is to diesel what LPG is to... Read more →


China Power Moves to Develop Oil Shale; Tapping Wind Also

Jilin Province China Daily. One of China’s top five power producers, China Power Investment Corp (CPIC), is planning to develop oil shale resources, in addition to expanding beyond coal-fired power generation into wind and nuclear. The State-owned electricity generator has inked a framework agreement with the local government in Jilin... Read more →