Kemper is No Keeper

Kemper is the third attempt at building a power plant that gasifies coal, burns the combustible gasses, such as hydrogen in a gas turbine, and captures CO2 for sequestration underground, in this case for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Known as Continue reading Kemper is No Keeper

More Wasted Subsidies for Failed Technologies

The Department of Energy (DOE) continues to use taxpayer money to support failed technologies. Finally, however, DOE has suspended funding to the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) polygeneration clean coal plant. This was an IGCC power plant that was also supposed Continue reading More Wasted Subsidies for Failed Technologies

Clean Coal is Dead, Long Live Clean Coal

The coal industry bungled its response to extreme environmentalists when it assigned the sobriquet “clean coal” to IGCC (integrated gasification combined cycle) power plants. This was a huge mistake, meant to assuage the political elite in Washington DC, and extreme Continue reading Clean Coal is Dead, Long Live Clean Coal

Another Clean Energy Failure

Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants were supposed to be an economical method for generating electricity, while removing 90% of the CO2 from emissions. IGCC plants gasify coal, then separate the CO2 from combustible gasses, primarily hydrogen, and then Continue reading Another Clean Energy Failure

Lipstick on a Pig

Radical environmentalists, and even the coal industry, have been promoting the building of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants. The coal industry has supported IGCC power plants because they can capture CO2 for sequestration underground, while allowing the use Continue reading Lipstick on a Pig

Clean Coal Needs Another Look

Some in the coal industry have been promoting Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants as the future for “clean coal”. They should probably change their tune. IGCC plants gasify coal, separating the CO2 from its combustible components, primarily hydrogen, Continue reading Clean Coal Needs Another Look