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Ecofriendly Coal Fired Power Stations

Ecofriendly Coal Fired Power Stations (ECFP): Is it possible? And when?

A day without a single coal fired power station in the UK trumpeted the UK press in universal chorus – no source necessary, you heard it in your corner of the globe. The news was greeted with roars louder that heard at the clinching goal of your favourite team.

To rely on nuclear energy for electric power cannot be seen as Ecofriendly. Gas is somewhat a sister of coal.  Worse still is any talk of reliance on Wind Farms and Solar. To imagine the UK populated with sufficient of each to climb the tachometer to closer to 100% is beyond imagining. Perhaps to the extreme. Power demand is not going lessen, ever. The need for a means of burning coal is an environmentally safe way seems compelling.

There is a way. Whether there is the inclination or desire of governments to face the reality of the impossible through present means seems not probable in the near future. The cost of achieving ECFP is not trivial and the timescale to do so extended. Government coffers to do open easily without push and shove.

At present there appears to be no technology to address the requirements. As in many areas, need drives minds.

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday  4 June, 2018 10.12 CST

How realistic is the UK government’s promise to phase out coal?
Mike Parr, Energy Post, 

Percentage of gas burning power stations world wide – no return from Google

Electricity generation mix by quarter and fuel source (GB), Ofgem, nd

How much coal is in the United States?
eia, nd

What is the amount of world coal reserves?

As of December 31, 2014, estimates of total world proved recoverable reserves of coal were about 1,237 billion short tons, (or 1.2 trillion short tons).

Five countries had about 75% of the world’s coal reserves:

United States—21%

A Cleaner Way to Use Coal: A technology for generating electricity from coal without pollution achieves a milestone. Kevin Bullis, MIT Technology Review, February 7, 2013


Percentage of Power Stations using Fluidized Bed Boilers to burn coal – no return from google
How many Power Stations use Fluidized Bed Boilers World Wide – idem

Fluidized bed combustion Wikipedia
Biomass Combustion, Power Engineering, 2008
Circulating Fuidized Bed (CFB), Power Engineering, 2008

combustion CO, Science Direct: open. Matteo Romano, Energy Procedia 1 (2009) 1099–1106, pdf

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