By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Energy
General Electric announced the shipment of another advanced turbine to a U.S. power plant, calling the move a "major milestone" in cleaner coal.
Set for completion in 2012, the facility is expected to be the largest, most advanced commercial IGCC plant in the world. It's expected to generate up to 618 megawatts of electricity, or enough power to 500,000 homes.
IGCC technology converts coal to gas, where pollutants such as mono-nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, mercury and particulate are removed.
The tech allows the plant to capture carbon dioxide prior to combustion, cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions compared to a traditional coal plant.
In a statement, GE Power & water gasification general manager Monte Atwell said the technology needs federal support and incentives to compete on the world stage.
"Already, China is emerging as a world leader in the construction of more efficient, less polluting coal plants," Atwell said. "If America doesn't act swiftly, the opportunity to export U.S. IGCC technology to coal-rich nations like China and India may be lost."
IGCC technology is also used in plants in Barstow, Calif. and Polk County, Fla.
Apr 30, 2010
Another reason why GE blows. The great world contributor to pollution, upfront in the technology to clean it up. All in the name of profit. Wouldn't it be nice if they built their research facilities on the Brownfield?s they?ve created all throughout the entire northeast?
CAP & TRADE ENSURES THE STATUS QUO FOR OPEC AND TERRORISM Isn?t the timing interesting? With the world in recession and US unemployment figures hovering around 10% the EPA exceeds its authority and determines CO2 is a pollutant that must be regulated. But America has natural gas and coal in abundance and could eliminate dependence on foreign oil, stop sending billions to countries that sponsor terrorism and save 100s of billions on unnecessary Middle East wars. And it is estimated that every billion in trade deficit equals 13,000 jobs lost. Washington could keep money, technology and jobs in the US by reducing the trade imbalance. FYI: during the decades America enjoyed great prosperity; no concern was expressed for the plight of the uninsured.
> ..... The tech allows the plant to capture carbon > dioxide prior to combustion, ....... HUH? Say again? Capture carbon dioxide PRIOR to combustion? Frankly, I can't help but suspect GE is promoting a technology in which they have a vested interest, in the name of environmentalism. This is fundamentally dishonest, really.