The Drive towards Clean Coal Technology

"Clean coal investment activity is starting to pick up with clean coal plants expected to start coming online around 2015." — Catherine Lacoursière, Clean Technology Correspondent

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"Clean coal investment activity is starting to pick up with clean coal plants expected to start coming online around 2015." — Catherine Lacoursière, Clean Technology Correspondent

POINT ROBERTS, Wash., March 13th, 2006 - www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com (RES), an investor and industry news portal for the renewable energy sector, presents the most recent "Global Renewable Energy Insights" column written by Catherine Lacoursière, clean technology correspondent. This week's column examines the increasing endorsement and drive towards clean coal technology as a potential means of meeting the growing demand for energy. Investors and industry following the renewable energy sector can gain insight from the column, blogs, audio roundtables and interviews, directory of public companies and content featured on InvestorIdeas.com energy portals.
Column Excerpt: Investing in Near-Zero Emissions
By Catherine Lacoursiere

Coal, abundant and cheap, makes up 56 percent of electric power generation in the United States, which has 250 years of coal reserves. With the help of generous tax incentives, the government is pushing for the use of more clean coal.
The major clean coal technology is gasification, specifically the Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant, which converts coal into a syngas that produces hydrogen and steam while sequestering the CO2. The prototype plant, FutureGen, combines turbines and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) to produce electric power. Large power plant developers such as GE and Bechtel are the primary developers. However, there are a number of technologies that will make up next generation gasification plants. FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ: FCEL) has just been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for an award of an $85 million project over 10 years, subject to final negotiation of a contract, to produce 100-MW solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system for use in a gasification plant. The project aims to convert coal into grid electrical power while capturing 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions and achieving a 50% overall efficiency, up from 35% today.
Steve Eschbach, director of investor relations of FuelCell Energy expects commercial prototypes could be introduced in about seven years, following a similar commercialization timeline as its Direct FuelCell® power plant, which was in the market within 10 years of its development program with the DOE.
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