COAL POWER Direct [Feb. 11, 2015]

Understanding Coal Power Plant Heat Rate and Efficiency

Proposed U.S. standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants rely heavily upon generation-side efficiency improvements. Fuel, operations, and plant design all affect the overall efficiency of a…

DOE Pulls the Plug on FutureGen

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Feb. 3 that it was ending its involvement with the troubled FutureGen 2.0 clean coal project, concluding that it had run out of…

American Electric Power: A Coal Powerhouse Repositions Itself

American Electric Power, one of the premier generating utilities in the U.S., is caught between a deregulated rock—wholesale competitive capacity markets that don’t, in the company’s opinion, value solid equipment…

MIT Study: Carbon Sequestration May Not Work as Advertised

According to a study funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, a smaller portion of carbon dioxide (CO2)…

Scrubbing Coal Plant NOx Emissions with Electron Beams

An unnamed power company and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have partnered to test a concept proven to work at a small scale that applies pulsed electron beam technology…

Operational Considerations When Burning Higher-Chlorine Coal

An increasing supply of low-cost higher-chlorine coal is prompting many U.S. generators to give the fuel serious consideration in spite of its reputation for causing corrosion. Though corrosion can be…