Australian Innovation Could Cut Biomass And Coal Emissions In Half

A new energy innovation developed by Australian scientists has the potential to slash the emissions levels of biomass- and coal-generated power by as much as 50 percent. The new technology, developed by the CSIRO, involves the conversion of coal or biomass into a water-based slurry called micronized refined carbon (MRC). The MRC is introduced directly […]

A new energy innovation developed by Australian scientists has the potential to slash the emissions levels of biomass- and coal-generated power by as much as 50 percent.

The new technology, developed by the CSIRO, involves the conversion of coal or biomass into a water-based slurry called micronized refined carbon (MRC). The MRC is introduced directly into a large-scale Direct Injection Carbon Engine (DICE) which has been specifically designed to process the converted material in a manner akin to diesel fuel.

The DICE engine is capable of using the adulterated fuel to produce extreme temperatures and pressure levels, which makes it capable of powering electrical generators with the highest efficiency of any combustion technology.

In CSIRO laboratory and pilot scale tests DICE has delivered generation efficiencies in excess of 50 percent, as compared to existing coal-fired power stations, which generally run at between 33 and 38 percent.

CSIRO Energy Group executive Alex Wonhas said the new technology could enable Australia to exploit its brown coal reserves with greater efficiency while lessening the environmental impact of the fuel.

From Sourceable.net: http://sourceable.net/australian-innovation-could-cut-coal-emissions-in-half/

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