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March 29, 2018

Ohio State coal tech captures CO2, but can it compete with renewables?

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Energy News Network – A promising technology under development at The Ohio State University converts fossil fuels into electricity without emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If the method makes it out of the lab and into the real world, it could represent a breakthrough for “clean coal.”

The process — known as coal-direct chemical looping — is “the most advanced and cost-effective approach to carbon capture we have reviewed to date,” said David Kraft, a fellow with Babcock & Wilcox, a power company that’s partnered with the university. “CDCL has potential to transform the power and petrochemical industries.”

The project’s lead researcher touts it as a potential bridge technology for the next few decades until renewables are more widely available, but as the cost of wind, solar and storage continue to plummet, critics say the economic case for chemical looping is already unclear.

Read more at Energy News Network.

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