By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group
Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) have found a way to draw energy from coal without burning the fossil fuel. The recent process discovery removes 99 percent of the carbons from coal while providing electricity.
The secret appears to be in the heating of the coal rather than the burning of the coal. This allows for the recycling of the carbon dioxide within a “Coal-Direct Chemical Looping”, (CDCL) system that captures the carbon dioxide. The Department of Energy standards requires a 90% capture rate, at OSU testing there has been a 99% capture rate, far exceeding the EPA standards.
The next step in the process will be to transition the testing from the small scale labs at Ohio State to large scale labs in Alabama. The OSU model created 25 kilowatts of thermal energy, and the Alabama testing will create 250 kilowatts of thermal energy.
If the industry can exceed current standards, it will allow the United States coal industry to once again be one of the leading energy providers in the world and make the United States the new “Middle East” as far as energy production is concerned.
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Christopher Hopkins is senior vice president for aggregates and mining for The Saint Consulting Group, email firstname.lastname@example.org