Cleaner Coal Available Since the 70'sThe technology to strip carbon from coal was developed in the 70's but abandoned until a small power company in North Dakota started using it 1997.
When Hitler’s oil supply was cut off Germany quickly switched to using coal to produce synthetic fuel. Today the Chinese are starting to use the same type of technology to create sythetic fuel from coal.
The cost of producing fuel from coal is only about $30/barrel and America has more than enough coal to produce all its fuel for many years.
But, isn’t coal too dirty to use, you might ask. It is unless the impurities and carbon dioxide are stripped off, which is just what a small power company in North Dakota has been doing since 1997 using technology developed in the 70s with funding from the US govt.
Under Basin Electric, Dakota Gasification Company captures carbon dioxide from coal gas and sends it to Canada in a pipeline where it is pumped underground in old oil wells where is stays in the ground after the oil has been removed.
Dakota Gasification Company is participating in the largest carbon capture sequestration project in the world. Everyday it uses 18,000 tons of lignite coal. It goes through 14 gasifiers and produces a synthetic natural gas. It goes through a number of treatment steps. One of them is to remove the carbon dioxide.
“You exhale carbon,” says Kathi Risch of Basin Electric. “We put it in our soda pop. But fossil fuels really emit more carbon dioxide than any other process.”
Now Basin Electric wants to go even futher and capture the CO2 from its coal-fired power plant’s emissions.
“We want to be part of the solution,” says Risch. “We are looking for that technology so that we can capture that carbon dioxide from the power plant and so that we can sequester it. Because it`s not something we have to do right now, but we want to be ahead of the game.”
Basin Electric also invests in wind energy and has participated in a wind-hydrogen project.
The company is not quite as green as it wants people to think and opposes any federal requirements to clean up the emissions from its power plants. It is part of a coalition of polluters pressuring congress to let them keep polluting until they can come up with their own solutions. However, given the gross incompetence of the current administration any federal program may cause much more harm than good.
For more information visit: http://www.basinelectric.com/Energy_Resources/Gas/CO2_Sequestration/index.html